An important part of learning mathematics
is tackling problems, including those you meet in the
course materials, the assessment questions and those in
your own investigations. You may find some of these problems
fairly straightforward (for example when a topic is first
introduced) and others rather more challenging, especially
if they require you to pull together several different
ideas. It is a good idea to have some strategies to cope
with these problems!
What strategies do you use when you are tackling a problem?
Think about these for a few minutes and jot down any that you use.
To help you think about these strategies we have devised an activity on problem solving.