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Problem Solving-Across the Disciplines, 1/e

R.R. Kadesch, University of Utah

Published November, 1996 by Prentice Hall Engineering/Science/Mathematics

Copyright 1997, 230 pp.
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ISBN 0-13-654187-9


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Summary

A physics professor, science and mathematics columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune, and author of two trade books of mathematical puzzles and problem solving, R.R. Kadesch has spent the past several years developing a Liberal Education course entitled "Problem Solving Across the Disciplines." This text, which is based on his course, approaches problem-solving as an important subject in its own right, emphasizing problem-solving strategies that unify learning rather than compartmentalize it. Proble m-solving strategies are also shown to relate to all disciplines — For example, the Prisoner's Dilemma game applies to International Politics, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, and Biology; and Graph Theory is used in Engineering, Sociology, Anth ropology, Architecture, and Marketing.

Features


Presents Problems in 23 Academic Areas: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Astronomy, Biology, Business, Communication, Engineering, English, Geology, History, International Politics, Law, Linguistics, Mathematics, Medicine, Music, Phil osophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Sports.
Includes Ample Problem Sets— Each chapter begins with warm-up problems which are then solved later in the chapter. All chapters conclude with homework problems (usually 10 or more).
CPT 7- Plausible Reasoning— based on the pioneering work of Georg Polya, and includes many applications from the real world.
CPT 9- Professional Ethics— discusses important ethical problems that aren't easily solved. Problem solving strategies from many earlier chapters are used.


Table of Contents

    1. Getting Started in Problem Solving.
    2. The Monty Hall and Other Probabilistic Problems.
    3. Ben Franklin's Advice and Other Decision Strategies.
    4. Prisoner's Dilemma and Other Games.
    5. The Knight's Tour and Other Graphs.
    6. Visual Thinking -- Symmetry and Patterns.
    7. Plausible Reasoning.
    8. Rational or Irrational.
    9. Problems in Ethics.
    10. Advanced Problem Solving Topics.
    Appendix A: Selected Problem Solutions.
    Appendix B: Solutions for Self Tests.
    Appendix C: Problem Solving Commands.
    References.


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