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# Ten Ideas for Solving Quantitative Problems

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Dr. Laura Hahn, from the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Illinois, overviews 10 ideas for Solving Quantitative Problems.

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### Ten Ideas for Solving Quantitative Problems

1. 1. Ten Ideas for Solving Quantitative Problems Dr. Laura Hahn Center for Teaching Excellence iFoundry University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2. 2. Ten Ideas <ul><li>Research on expert and novice problem solvers </li></ul>
3. 3. In The Beginning <ul><li>1. What is this problem about? </li></ul><ul><li>2. What are the underlying concepts this problem is getting at? </li></ul><ul><li>3. How is this problem similar to and different from other problems you’ve worked on? </li></ul>
4. 4. In The Middle <ul><li>4. Expect to be confused and frustrated. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Let it simmer. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Do something. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Don’t jump ahead. </li></ul>
5. 5. At The End <ul><li>8. What does this answer mean? </li></ul><ul><li>9. Could you have done this problem a different way? </li></ul><ul><li>10. What did you learn from doing this problem? </li></ul>
6. 6. Assignment <ul><li>Students: Identify one or two of these ideas and strategies that you can apply more deliberately to your next problem set. </li></ul><ul><li>Instructors: Identify one or two new ways that you can explicitly model these ideas and strategies during your next class lecture. </li></ul>
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