## Math Problem Solving Techniques

June 17th, 2007 . by VanajaLife is an arena of problems. L.A Averill has said,”The only worthwhile life is a life which contains its problems; to live without any longings and ambitions is to live only half way”. A human child has to meet and solve problems as he grows-problems which present in his physical surroundings, his intellectual associations and in his social contacts. These problems grow in number and complexity as he or she grows older and older. His success in life is in large measuredetermined by the individual’s capasity and competence to solve them.

Mathematics is a subject of problems.Stydying mathematics is different from studying other subjects. Math is learned by doing problems. Efficiency and ability in solving problems is a guarantee for success in learning this subject.

- The first and most important step in solving a problem is to understand the problem.Read the problem clearly and grasp its meaning. Superficial or careless reading does not pay in mathematics. Be sure that you understand clearly what is given and what you are expected to find or prove. Keep these things in mind throughout your work.
- Take sufficient time to think.
- Plan thoroughly before you start.I dentify which skills and techniques you have learned can be applied to solve the problem at hand.

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