Introduction to Problem Solving
Through History
We think history is a good way to think about the present not just the past. In fact, most problems can be solved by looking at solutions that have been tried before. If they work, then why re-invent the wheel? And if the solutions failed, then at least you know what NOT to do. So, with that brief perspective, welcome to the course. Please read through this page carefully, so you can know what to expect throught this course. Each chapter has the same structure.

Conundrum: The cover page of each chapter has a problem that you are aksed to think about.

Cliff Notes: In this concise summary of the chapter, information is presented about what you will learn, including important dates and names.

Key Concepts Table: In this section of our unit, we present most of the information in the book. We use a table of key concepts, each with its own attributes to organize all of our information.

Graphic Organizer: Using different charts to display how the major concepts are related to each other, these graphic organizers are a nice way to make a visual picture of the chaper.

Questions and Answers: To help you outside of the computer lab and in case you need to study the information without a computer, we have given you a way to get a paper copy of the key information. The Questions can be used to practice or self-test because they have no answers. The answers follow the same sequence as the questions.

Problem Solving Tasks: Each chapter has 5 problems that you are asked to solve. These problems require you to use the information from the chapter and: (a) make a prediction, (b) make an evaluation, or (c) explain why something has happened.

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