## PROBLEM SOLVING Resources

I have been a tutor for many years. I have been an advocate for bullied kids for several years as well. But only recently did I begin to see that even tutors can offer relief to kids who are bullied, and point bystanders in a proper direction as well. The tutor's secret is really simple: we don't even have to know whether or if the students we work with are having bullying... read more

In math or science we come across terms such as inverse proportion and direct proportion. When two variables are directly proportional an increase in one variable causes an increase in the other variable. When two variables are inversely proportional an increase in one variable causes a decrease in the other variable.    Inverse Proportion: To illustrate inverse proportionality,... read more

When designing your manufactured product, you never forget to work on the process selection. The same applies when designing your app or your computer programming project. The designers of applications such as Twitter, Angry birds, Uber or the Wyzant application you are currently accessing engaged in their process selection work in order to give us these fine products.   As a major... read more

Often times experienced mathematicians tend to get comfortable with certain problem-solving strategies. For example, in a problem one might use a system of equations to solve a problem rather than employing a simpler more easy way to solve it. Though using system of equations are great, knowing how to solve problems using different approaches is important, not just for oneself, but for their students... read more

Hello Students!    My name is Vanessa and I am a Pharmaceutical Chemist/Chemistry Curriculum Illustrator and Animator. I would love to solve any homework questions you have while also explaining all the concepts you need to understand to successfully replicate what you've learned on a test or exam.    Take care!

These six steps help students find a clear path toward solving word problems, and checking their answers for accuracy.  1.  Draw a picture 2.  Identify the objective -- i.e., make sure you understand the question, so you can move toward the solution 3.  Identify the available data 4.  Write an expression 5.  Solve 6. ...

I had a burst of math-fueled nostalgia earlier this week when I found out that one of my favorite 'edu-tainment' games from my childhood has just been re-released for modern systems, and I'd like to take this week's Ellen's Choice to tell you about it. Allow me to introduce the Zoombinis. “The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis” was a PC game back in the 1990's that combined... read more

We all have one: that one subject that our brains just refuse to understand, and no matter how much we study or how hard we work, we never feel like we really truly GET what is going on.   For me, that subject was always Physics. No junior high or high school teacher could ever answer the unending string of "...but WHY?" questions that I needed answered before I could understand... read more

I have a few steps and guidelines that I try to always use when I approach a problem, and I'd like to share them with you.   Here they are:   1) List the your knowns and unknowns. This means write down and label the values that are given to you in the problem, and then list the things that the problem is asking you to find.   2) If possible, draw a... read more

I am a High School Science Teacher and we deal with a lot of word problems that contain many variables that could fit into many different equations. Here is how I break down the content step by step for my students.      Physics Problem A box is accelerating across a frictionless surface. It is being pushed with 75 newtons of force and the has a mass of 10 kilograms... read more

Everyone knows education is vital to learning. You learn facts. You become familiar with a process. You discover tricks and tips and mnemonics. You notice details. You explore possibilities. The flow of information from source to student can be like a river or like a trickle. Either way, this is all contained in the education part of learning. But this is only one-third of learning.   Where... read more

Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer...   ...because it teaches you how to think.   -Steve Jobs     Knowing how to program is an incredibly important skill that is becoming more and more valuable as technology is becoming extremely important in our everyday lives.   And even if you don't plan to be a tech-savvy... read more

“When are we ever going to use this?” It’s a question that has plagued math classes for years beyond count. The answer to the question depends largely on what is meant by, “this.” If it’s mathematics that is being referenced, then the answer is most likely to be never. If, however, “this,” is taken to mean step by step problem solving, then the answer is a resounding, every day. Consider... read more