How to solve math problems
Keep in mind what the problem is to make sure you are not doing something else. Many problems are solved and proofs done simply by understanding what is what.
Visualize the problem and the background material from memory,
with your eyes closed. If you are just a little unsure of something, look it up.
It never hurts to return to the basics - even many times.
- Keep returning to the problem and the material and keep it all in the back of your mind as much as possible. Think about it every time when you have a quiet moment.
- When you have done the above, your brain will have something to work on in the background, and eventually an idea will come to you. Execute the idea.
- When you think you are done, examine your solution in detail and justify every step for yourself very carefully. Look up and clarify for yourself everything you are just a little unsure of. Try really hard to prove your solution wrong. Attack it from every angle.
- Repeat until you solve the problem.
- If you solve many problems this way, you will get good at it and get faster. But you must start slow.
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