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AuthorBerinde, Vasile. author
TitleExploring, Investigating and Discovering in Mathematics [electronic resource] / by Vasile Berinde
ImprintBasel : Birkhรคuser Basel : Imprint: Birkhรคuser, 2004
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Descript XIX, 246 p. 2 illus. online resource


We present here the English version of the Romanian first edition (V. Berinde: Exยญ plorare, investigare si descoperire in matematica, Editura Efemeride, Baia Mare, 2001). There are no major changes. Only a few printing errors were corrected. When transcribing Romanian names or denominations we did not use the diacritยญ ical marks. Our purpose is to provide an introduction to creative problem solving techยญ niques with particular emphasis on how to develop inventive skills in students. We present an array of 24 carefully selected themes that range over all the main chapters in elementary mathematics: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, analysis as well as applied mathematics. Main goal is to offer a systematic illustration of how to organize the natural transition from problem solving activity toward exploring, investigating and discovering new facts and results. The book is addressed mainly to students, young mathematicians, and teachยญ ers, involved or/and actively working in mathematics competitions and training gifted people. It collects many valuable techniques for solving various classes of difficult problems and, simultaneously, offers a comprehensive introduction to creยญ ating new problems. The book should also be of interest to anybody who is in any way connected to mathematics or interested in the creative process and in mathematics as an art


Preface Introduction -- 1 Chase problems -- 2 Sequences of Integers Simultaneously Prime -- 3 A Geometric Construction Using Ruler and Compass -- 4 Solving a Class of Nonlinear Systems -- 5 A Class of Homogenous Inequalities -- 6 The First Decimal of Some Irrational Numbers -- 7 Polynomial Approximation of Continuous Functions -- 8 On an Interesting Divisibility Problem -- 9 Determinants with Alternate Entries -- 10 Solving Some Cyclic Systems -- 11 On a Property of Recurrent Affine Sequences -- 12 Binomial Characterizations of Arithmetic Progressions -- 13 Using Duality in Studying Homographic Recurrences -- 14 Exponential Equations Having Exactly Two Solutions -- 15 A Class of Functional Equations -- 16 An Extension of the Leibniz-Newton Formula -- 17 A Measurement Problem -- 18 A Class of Discontinuous Functions Admitting Primitives -- 19 On Two Classes of Inequalities -- 20 Another Problem of Geometric Construction -- 21 How Can We Discover New Problems by Means of the Computer -- 22 On the Convergence of Some Sequences of Real Numbers -- 23 An Application of the Integral Mean -- 24 Difference and Differential Equations -- Addendum

Mathematics Algebra Mathematical analysis Analysis (Mathematics) Geometry Mathematics Algebra Analysis Mathematics general Geometry


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