Problem Solving: A Student’s Guide for Math Without Thinking

16 02 2010

 PROBLEM SOLVING: A Student’s Guide

This set of rules will get you through even the longest assignment in the minimum time with little or no thinking. 

Rule 1 

If at all possible, avoid reading the problem.  Reading the problem only consumes time and causes confusion.

Rule 2

Extract the numbers from the problem in the order in which they appear. Pay no attention for numbers written in words.

Rule 3

If rule 2 yields three or more numbers, the best bet for getting the answer is adding them together.

Rule 4

If there are only two numbers which are approximately the same size, then subtraction should give the best results.

Rule 5

If there are only two numbers in the problem and one is much smaller than the other, then divide if it goes evenly-otherwise, multiply.

Rule 6

If the problem seems like it calls for a formula, pick a formula that has enough letters to use all the numbers given in the problem.

Rule 7

Never, never spend too much time solving problems.


Math Positive Affirmations

16 02 2010

Math Positudes (Positive affirmations)

 I’m becoming a good math student.

 I’m learning more math each day.

 I’m capable of learning math.

 I have good abilities in math.

 I am relaxed, calm, alert, and confident in math.

 My math improves every day.

 I can understand math if I give myself a chance.

 I like math because it’s useful in everyday life.

 Working out math problems is fun.

 Math is more and more exciting each day.

 Math is creative.

 Math is stimulating.

 Math helps me to get to where I want to go.

 Math methods help me solve everyday problems.

 Act as if it were impossible to fail.

 The more you learn, the easier it gets.

Luck is often disguised as hard work.

 If you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.

 Success is a journey, not a destination.

 Inch by inch, it’s a cinch.

 Failure is a success if you learn from it.

 Get an education in school and you’ll have it for life.

 If you play victim, you give up your power to change.

 You’re as happy as you make up your mind to be.

 Your greatest advantage is your ability to learn.

 I choose to respond positively, NOT react.

 Learning is a big part of my life.

 Be bigger than your problems.

 I succeed by asking questions.

 The difference between ordinary & extraordinary is the little “extra.”

Motivational Quotes: Inquisitiveness

16 02 2010

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”
Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize Winner)

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”

“Nothing shapes our journey through life so much as the questions we ask.”
Greg Levoy

“It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.”
James Thurber

“The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein

“A generous and elevated mind is distinguished by nothing more certainly than an eminent degree of curiosity.”
Samuel Johnson

“The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances.”
Albert Einstein

“If you find a good solution and become attached to it, the solution may become your next problem.”
Dr. Robert Anthony

“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
Anthony Robbins

“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.”
Samuel Johnson
“It’s not the answers that enlighten us, but the questions.”

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
Chinese proverb

“If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions.”
Suzanne Langer

“If you spend more time asking appropriate questions rather than giving answers or opinions, your listening skills will increase.”
Brian Koslow

“Millions saw apples fall, but Newton asked why.”
Bernard Baruch

“Good questions outrank easy answers.”
Paul A. Samuelson

“Philosophy may be defined as the art of asking the right question…awareness of the problem outlives all solutions. The answers are questions in disguise, every new answer giving rise to new questions.”
Abraham J. Heschel

He who is ashamed of asking is ashamed of learning.
Danish Proverb
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”
Ellen Parr

“The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.”
Bishop Mandell Creighton

“I have no special gift. I am only passionately curious.”
Albert Einstein

Motivational Quotes: Courage

16 02 2010

Courageous: Taking Responsible Risks

“Sometimes you just have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down.”
Kobi Yamada

“There is a time for daring and a time for caution, and a wise man knows which is called for.”
John Keating, Teacher in Dead Poet’s Society

“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little past them into the impossible.”
Arthur Clarke

“We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.”
John F. Kennedy

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”
David Lloyd George

“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.”
William Jennings Bryan

Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered,   you will never grow.”
Ronald Osborn

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
Elbert Hubbard

One must work and dare if one really wants to live                                      Vincent VanGogh
Do not fear risk. All exploration, all growth is calculated. Without challenge people cannot reach their higher selves. Only if we are willing to walk over the edge can we become winners.”
The families of the Challenger Space Shuttle Crew
“It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Looking back on my life, I wish I’d stepped forward and made a fool of myself more often when I was younger—because when you do, you find out you can do it.”
William Sessions, Former FBI Director

Only when we accept full responsibility for our lives will we have the confidence and courage to risk.”
Stacy Allison, first American woman to climb Mt. Everest

“I want to work with the top people, because only they have the courage and the confidence and the risk-seeking profile that you need.”
Laurel Cutler

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Wayne Gretzky

Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?”                             Frank Scully

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy

“Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.”

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

What would life  be if we had no  courage to  attempt  anything?   Vincent VanGogh