Appealing to everyone from independent learners to college-level majors, Paul Zeitz’s The Art and Craft of Problem Solving 3rd Edition introduces a problem-solving approach to math. as opposed to the traditional exercises approach. The goal of The Art and Craft of Problem Solving 3e is to develop very strong problem solving skills, which it achieves by encouraging mathematics students to DO math rather than just study it. Zeitz draws upon his vast experience as a coach for the international Math Olympiad to give all students an enhanced sense of mathematics and the ability to investigate and solve complex problems.
“Overall, The Art and Craft of Problem Solving 3e is an excellent gateway to the culture of problem solving. It is very challenging and rewarding. Paul’s book shines a new light on mathematics and engages students with its wonderful insights and problems.” (Mathematical Association of America 2016)
From the Back Cover
You’ve got a lot of problems. That’s a good thing.
Across the country, many people are entering math contests, joining mathematics clubs, and training to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad. Why? It’s simple—solving mathematical problems is exhilarating!
This latest new 3rd edition from a self-described “missionary for the problem solving culture” introduces you to the beauty and rewards of math problem solving. Without requiring a deep background in mathematics, it arms you with tactics and strategies for a no-holds-barred investigation of whatever math problems you want to solve. You will learn how to:
- get started and orient yourself in any problem.
- tap into the knowledge gained from folklore problems (such as Conway’s Checker problem).
- successfully employ proven techniques, including The Extreme Principle, The Pigeonhole Principle, and more.
- draw pictures and use other creative techniques to look at the problem in a new light.
- tackle problems in combinatorics, calculus, geometry, algebra, and number theory.
Whether you’re training for the Mathematical Olympiad or you just enjoy math problems, this PDF ebook can help you become a master problem-solver!