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## Solving mathematical problems

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I have solved a STEP problem. The solution is here . Please make a comment on the solution.

Note: My English is quite poor, you may experience this in the solution.

Each truth I discovered was a rule that then served to discover other truths.

here are two articles on the benefits of clever note-taking for math problem solving:

with a number of ideas on how to use mind maps in math.

Thanks for your useful links. Would you mind reviewing a problem solved by me. Please go here .

I hope you are interested in elementary geometry, too, nice to meet you here!

Is there any way of deciding this question?

Hi Professor Tao, http://www.mathlinks.ro/viewtopic.php?t=266042

Depression and problem solving in mathematics: the art of staying upbeat « Republic of Mathematics

译文url: http://article.yeeyan.org/view/99083/121600

Thanks Amateur for the link I appreciate that you replied to me since Mr. Tao still hasn’t..

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