Catalogue 2019 - 2020

MAMT 544 Creative Problem Solving in Mathematics


3 cr.

Course Description

How do we solve problems in mathematics? This question has many nuances, ranging from specific techniques (should one use algebra or geometry?) to general strategies (try an example!) to psychology (don’t give up immediately out of intimidation). In this class we will examine the strategies, tactics, and tools of mathematical problem solving that encompass all of these nuances, as well as touch on how an awareness of problem solving can influence the way we teach mathematics. We will use many different areas of math to solve a wide variety of problems, and there will be emphasis on communicating problem solutions, both in writing and orally.


Formerly MAMT 549