MTH 151 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I

General Problem Solving Strategies Application Directions

Purposes

This assignment will help you practice applying what you

have learned about general problem solving strategies to real problems or situations,

and communicating about mathematical ideas with others.

Directions

Pick a problem:

Option 1: Pick a real problem that you need to solve

and use the different general problem solving strategies to try to find a

solution. For example, perhaps you need

to figure out how to pack an awkward item in your car trunk, or decide what to

spend the most time studying for an exam in another class, or plan the

assignments and schedule for a charity clean-up project you are organizing.

Option 2: Pick a real problem that someone else has

solved and describe the general strategies they used. This could be a friend or relative who solved

a problem like the ones described in Option 1, or it could be a historical

person, like George Washington Carver, who invented peanut butter and many

other things, or Mary Anderson, who invented the windshield wiper.

Option 3: Pick a currently unsolved problem, like

curing cancer or finding better energy sources, and analyze how people are

using the different problem solving strategies to find a solution.

Solve the problem or analyze the

solution:

If you are solving your own problem,

use the different general problem solving strategies that you learned about in

this unit to try to solve it. If you are

analyzing a problem someone else solved, or is trying to solve, identify the

different general problem solving strategies used.

Present the problem, the general problem

solving strategies used, and the solution to the others in the class:

Post a message in the application

discussion forum for this unit. In your

message, describe the problem and how you solved it. Use the equation editor as necessary to show

any mathematical operations. The better

you communicate, the more points you will earn.

If you enjoy and know how to use multimedia, such as video, audio, and

graphics, you may use those as well, but this is not required.

View and respond to the

application problems submitted by your classmates.

Pick two of your classmates applications

that were particularly helpful to you.

Write a response to each, explaining in a paragraph or two why their

applications helped you better understand the mathematics for this unit or better

understand how the mathematics for this unit could be used outside of class.

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Example:

Background: This

Saturday is the annual chocolate chip cookie bake sale event. At each of the

last 2 bake sale events, there were 600 people who attended. Every annual bake sale

must receive 600 attendees. Every attendee eats 5 cookies each.

Problem: We must

raise $1,500 for our daughter’s team travel expenses. How many cookies must we

make and how much money must each cookie sell for in order to raise the

appropriate money?

Solution:

1) The amount of cookies to make are 600 (attendees) times 5 (cookies eaten per

person) equals 3,000 cookies to make. 2) 3,000 (cookies made) divided by $1,500

(money needed) equal 50 cents per cookie.

Other Topics: shipping textbooks, pattern recognition, MPG,

budgeting, transportation, metric/English conversions, lottery, time

management, retail sales, volume of dirt on a softball field, tipping at a

restaurant, yard sales, auto part manufacturing, room design, rate of change,

estimate the square root of 3 to two decimal places with a calculator without square

root key

Grading Rubric:

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Grading Criteria

Points Possible

The problem:

Is it a

real-life problem?

Is it

challenging, not trivial?

5

The strategies:

Are one

or more general problem solving strategies used?

Are the

strategies correctly identified?

5

The presentation:

Is the

problem explained well?

Are the

problem solving strategies explained well?

Are the

appropriate terms used?

3

Your responses:

Did you

post at least two responses?

Did you

explain how the examples helped you better understand the math in this

unit?

Did you

ask questions for clarification or make suggestions on how to change or

improve the original application posting or any other follow-up

postings?

2

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