id: 02166999
dt: b
an: 2010f.01178
au: Briggs, William
ti: Ants, bikes and clocks. Problem solving for undergraduates.
so: Philadelphia, PA: SIAM (ISBN 0-89871-574-1/pbk). vi, 168~p. (2005).
py: 2005
pu: Philadelphia, PA: SIAM
la: EN
cc: U45 D55
ut: problem solving; collection oif problems; undergraduate techniques
ci:
li:
ab: A new and refreshing glance in problem solving is well presented in this
book. Emphasis is given on modeling or story problems and the use of
both analytical and computational tools to solve the resulting
mathematical problem. The structure of the book is also innovative: in
chapter 2 a problem-solving framework is presented combined with
appropriate strategies in chapter 3, while in chapter 4 we are faced
with optimization problems. Problems that involve proportions,
fractions and percentages are examined in chapter 5 and problems of
rate in chapter 6. This is followed by problems of infinite and
discrete calculus which are presented in chapters 7 and 8,
respectively. The methods that illustrate the role of computing in
problem solving in chapter 9 are very interesting, as are those
concerning discrete and geometric probability in chapter 10. The last
chapter introduces the modeling process and concludes this very
interesting book.
rv: Panayiotis Vlamos (Athens)