Book quotes - How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method

How to Solve It

Author: G. Polya

  1. Understanding the problem. What is unknown? What are the data? What is the condition?
  2. Devise a plan
    • Have you seen it before?
    • Do you know a related problem?
    • Look at the unknown, and try to think of a familiar problem having the same or similar unknown
    • Try to solve some related problem if you cannot solve the proposed problem (e.g., more general, more specific, an analogous problem , part of the problem, keep only part of the conditions, Boundary scenario)
  3. Carry out the plan
  4. Looking back. Check the result, derive the result differently,use the result …