Problem Solving

Problem solving comes FIRST, not at the end of the lesson or at the end of the homework.

What is a problem? If the mathematical task is has an obvious method to a single solution, then it is simply an exercise. A real problem has no obvious method and requires trial and error, defining assumptions, and identifying constraints.

Pocket change
Candy bags
Party tables
Frogs & lilypads
Latin & Euler squares
Rabbits & hutches

PRESENTATION: Use chart paper to present your activity to the class. Define any assumptions, identify any constraints, explain your thinking strategies and methods, and justify your solutions.