Paylo's four step process for problem solving

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understanding the problem

  • Pick out the information that is needed and what is not.
  • Think about the unknowns and what it is you need to find out.

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Devising a plan

  • look at similar problems and there solutions to see if they can be adapted to yours
  • look for patterns
  • make tables, diagrams and equations

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Carrying out the plan

  • check each step as you go
  • keep a record of what you have done

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looking back

  • check the results and make sure they make sense
  • make sure you have fully solved the problem and not just a small amount of it

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