Crossing the River with Dogs: Problem Solving for College Students

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Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 18, 2003 - Mathematics - 490 pages
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Students who often complain when faced with challenging word problems will be engaged as they acquire essential problem solving skills that are applicable beyond the math classroom. The authors of Crossing the River with Dogs: Problem Solving for College Students:

- Use the popular approach of explaining strategies through dialogs from fictitious students

- Present all the classic and numerous non-traditional problem solving strategies (from drawing diagrams to matrix logic, and finite differences)

- Provide a text suitable for students in quantitative reasoning, developmental mathematics, mathematics education, and all courses in between

- Challenge students with interesting, yet concise problem sets that include classic problems at the end of each chapter

With Crossing the River with Dogs, students will enjoy reading their text and will take with them skills they will use for a lifetime.

 

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this os actually pretty ok. In 8th grade I used this book in my advanced math class and I was amazed at how helpful these strategies were

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This is my favorite math book by far. I dropped the class at least five years ago, and to this day I enjoy doing the math problems in the book in my spare time. I only wish there was some sort of free answer guide available so I could check my answers :/..... but I realize how silly it would be to post it online ;) 

Contents

Introduction
1
Draw a Diagram
9
Make a Systematic List
25
Eliminate Possibilities
43
Use Matrix Logic
67
Look for a Pattern
107
Guess and Check
135
Identify Subproblems
163
Convert to Algebra
327
Evaluate Finite Differences
353
Organize Information In More Ways
385
Change Focus in More Ways
411
Visualize Spatial Relationships
435
Appendix
463
Glossary
471
Bibliography
477

Analyze the Units
185
Solve an Easier Related Problem
219
Create a Physical Representation
249
Work Backwards
277
Draw Venn Diagrams
301

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