The art and craft of problem solving

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John Wiley, Feb 23, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 334 pages
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This text on mathematical problem solving provides a comprehensive outline of "problemsolving-ology," concentrating on strategy and tactics. It discusses a number of standard mathematical subjects such as combinatorics and calculus from a problem solver's perspective.

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User Review  - Krollo - Goodreads

I'm a bit new to Olympiad maths, but this book has given me a decent overview. I especially liked the combinatorics but all of it was pretty good. We'll see how I'll do in BMO1, but it's not fair to blame my failures on this book! Fnarr fnarr... Read full review

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User Review  - Kaylee - Goodreads

Yay for math! And yay for a math book with so much variety! And yay for a math book with so much approachability! Boo for problems without an answer key. I don't want to have to sit at my computer while I do math just so I can check my answers. Read full review


Strategies for Investigating Problems
Fundamental Tactics for Solving Problems

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About the Author Paul Zeitz studied history at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught high school math in San Francisco and Colorado and currently is an associate professor at the University of San Francisco. He won the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) and was a member of the first American team to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in 1974. Since 1985, he has composed and edited problems for several national math contests, including the USAMO. He has helped train several American IMO teams, most notably the 1994 "Dream Team" which, for the first time in history, achieved a perfect score.

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