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Title:
The art and craft of problem solving
Author:
Zeitz, Paul, 1958-
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Publication Information:
New York : John Wiley, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xvii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780471135715
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Book

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Summary

Summary

This text on mathematical problem solving provides a comprehensive outline of "problemsolving-ology," concentrating on strategy and tactics. It discusses a number of standard mathematical subjects such as combinatorics and calculus from a problem solver's perspective.


Author Notes

About the Author Paul Zeitz studied history at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught high school math in San Francisco and Colorado and currently is an associate professor at the University of San Francisco. He won the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) and was a member of the first American team to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in 1974. Since 1985, he has composed and edited problems for several national math contests, including the USAMO. He has helped train several American IMO teams, most notably the 1994 "Dream Team" which, for the first time in history, achieved a perfect score.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What This Book is About and How to Read It
Chapter 2 Strategies for Investigating Problems
Chapter 3 Tactics for Solving Problems
Chapter 4 Three Important Crossover Tactics
Chapter 5 Algebra
Chapter 6 Combinatorics
Chapter 7 Number Theory
Chapter 8 Geometry for Americans
Chapter 9 Calculus
References and Further Reading
Index