**How to work on problems?**

**NCTM recommended that problem solving be the focus of mathematics teaching because it encompasses skills and functions which are an important part of everyday life. Problem solving is an essential and central part of NCTM standards. Mathematical thinking abilities are important in learning about yourself and about the world.**

**The focus on this site is on hard mathematical problems where the approach is solving the problem is not obvious to the problem solver at the outset of problem solving process. Different aspects of mathematical problem solving process include motivation, problem solving approach, attitude, beliefs, learning from reflection and relevant background knowledge of math concepts.**

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