Problems are Puzzles
• Why is my left foot bigger than my right?
• When is it legal to set off a small rocket near an airport?
• When flying South at 100mph with a 25 mph northerly wind what is my
• Mom is hungry and needs some food. I am going to the store to get some.
It takes two weeks to make the trip. Is my mom still OK? Why or Why not?
• Generation Y is trying to find out about generation X ‘s consumption rate.
What is the best type of math to use? Where can you find the information
for this math?
• Information is gathered in several ways? What is the way you think
information about Swine Flu should be collected? How do you know your
way is the correct one?
Problems are decisions
• Four people are standing at a cross road.
They must pass the intersection at
different times. The first person to go
across will be safe the other three will be
at risk of bodily injury. Who goes first?
Why? What do you need to know to make
Problems Require Ideas
• You are trying to get a job. 50 other people are
trying to get the same job. How are you going to
• Your friend is in a cage, no one can see him and
he has locked himself in. You have no key. A
crane will soon pick the cage up and load it onto
a plane bond for India. If people find your friend
he will get into a lot of trouble. What are your
options? What do you think you would do?
Problems Require Observation
• Things are not always what they seems
visually. What can you use instead of
your eyes to be observant?
• Why does solving a problem require
Problems Require Systems
Inherently Human Quality
• Problem solving is at the basis of our
ability to understand and control our
• Our lives would be rather dull without
• Each day problems get solved by us
and we should aspire to get really
good at solving problems of all kinds.
Problems are Solved By
• Scientific method