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How to Think Like a Mathematician by Kevin Houston

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CHAPTER 5

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How to solve problems

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It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.

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Solving mathematical problems is hard and there is no magic formula which solves all problems. If there were, anyone could do it, and employers would not be so keen to hire problem-solving mathematicians. However, in this chapter we will try to provide at least some ideas on how to solve problems.

Let us first distinguish between an exercise and a problem. An exercise ...

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