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Joy of Creative Math Problem Solving

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Creative Problem Solving
Working on Problems
Problem Solving Approach
Learning From Reflection
Relevant Math Concepts
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Math In Space and Aeronautics
Math Games
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Following commonly held student beliefs about the nature of mathematics do NOT hold in the context of creative math problem solving.

  • There is only one approach to solve any problem -- often one that teacher has recently taught.
  • Ordinary students cannot expect to understand mathematics; they expect simply to memorize it, and apply what they have learned mechanically and without understanding.
  • Mathematics problems are always solved individuals by themselves and not by a team.
  • Students who are good at mathematics are able to solve any problem ┬áin less than five minutes.
  • The mathematics taught in school is not relevant to the real world.