In the sixth section, Polya expounds more on the value of the questions and suggestions mentioned in the previous sections. He opens the section by mentioning that kind of thinking involved in solving a problem is rather nonlinear, where an idea at the beginning of solving a problem may be revised or changed several times upon arriving at the solution. Then, he claims there are four steps that are vital in solving a problem. The first one is to “understand the problem”; by that, he means a student needs to know what she needs to solve, and a question such as “What is the unknown?” may help at this stage. I Continue reading “How to Solve it (II)” »
With the Oscar’s comes talk of fashion. One of the highlights of the Oscar’s is watching the celebrities on the red carpet to see who is wearing who. Perhaps it is that she is from Kentucky (my home state) or perhaps it is my obsession with red (maybe a little of both), but I would go with Jennifer Lawrence as best dressed. The Daily News says in a slideshow,
Do you hear that? It’s a collective intake of breath as Jennifer Lawrence reminds us once more why she’s fashion’s favorite darling. The “American Hustle” star pulled out all the stops in a red peplum Dior Couture gown worthy of a Hollywood princess.
But is fashion just about aesthetics or is there perhaps math behind it?
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As the 2014 Winter Olympics begins to wind down, you may wonder how the Olympic host city was chosen. The process began all the way back in 2005, when potential host cities were asked to submit their applications to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). After an extensive two-year process, it all came down to a voting method that produced a surprising upset.
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The legendary math Universalist, Henri Poincare, once said, “ Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations between objects.” Inspired by subtle patterns that emanate from an abyss of ostensible chaos, mathematicians manifest these words by exploring relations within algebraic and geometric structures. These edifices, upon occasion, reveal intricate beauty buried deep in a profusion of symbols etched on the tablet of logical thought.
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