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When is a math problem a problem?

One of the main objectives of mathematics education is for students to acquire mathematical habits of mind. One of the ways of achieving this objective is to engage students in problem solving tasks. What is a problem solving task? And when is a math problem a problem and not an exercise? What is a problem… Read More »

The heart of mathematics

Axioms, theorems, proofs, definitions, methods, are just some of the sacred words in mathematics. These words command respect and create awe  especially to mathematicians but deliver shock to many students. P.R. Halmos argued that not even one of these sacred words is the heart of mathematics. Then, what is? Problem solving. Solving problems is at… Read More »

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