By solving problems students get a much better feel for what mathematics is all about, what it can do and how it does it.
Mathematical problem solving is about finding solutions and not just answers to mathematical problems.
There are four steps that you need to go through in solving most mathematical problems. These are:
- understand and explore the problem
- find a strategy (We will be exploring these in the next few weeks)
- use the strategy to solve the problem
- look back and reflect on the solution