Section 6.9: Modeling Uncategorized Problems

6.9 Outline

  1. Guidelines for problem solving
  2. Examples
    1. school ADA
    2. DVR recording
    3. time to fill swimming pool
    4. Peanuts age problem
    5. estimation puzzle


6.9 Essential Ideas

The entire section provides additional practice with Polya’s problem solving procedure, which we restate here for convenience:

First:You have to understand the problem.
Second: Devise a plan. Find the connection between the data and the unknown. Look for patterns, relate to a previously solved problem or to a known formula, or simplify the given information to give you an easier problem.
Third: Carry out the plan.
Fourth: Look back. Examine the solution obtained.