Remember we’ve explored a variety of strategies you can use when approaching any new maths problem.
- Do I know a similar problem?
- Guess, check and improve
- Try a simpler problem
- Write an equation
- Make a list or table
- Work backwards
- Act it out
- Draw a picture or graph
- Make a model
- Look for a pattern
- Try all possibilities
- Seek an exception
- Break the problem into smaller parts
- and ……………………….
If one way doesn’t work I just start again another way.
For more tips on Working Mathematically: The Process go to the Maths 300 webpage.
- make your prediction
- list and work through the things you need to clarify such as words , phrases or concepts (include relevant facts and details)
- identify the the BIG question
- decide how you are going to go about solving the problem (include the strategy/ies from the Mathematician’s Toolbox you use
- summarise the process you just went through, remember to word it so you include the initial question with your answer