That is an example of a heuristic known as “Simplifying the Problem”. Since Math heuristics are mostly tried and tested strategies, you don’t really have to spend as much time thinking of a newer, unique solution from scratch.On top of that, using certain Math heuristic allows you to solve certain types of problems in a more systematic way.This brings up the derivation of heuristics for solving technical problems – the main topic of this writing. Multiple algorithms may be used in the engineering-scaling process to eventually validate the original concept.
The derivation leads to a surprising number of heuristics. They have been developed over years of trial-anderror solving of mathematical problems along with insightful introspection.Unlike Primary 4 where problem sums are more straight forward, Primary 5 and Primary 6 problem sums are much more complex and demand higher order thinking. It’s like equipping yourself with a valuable toolbox to help you solve these challenging problem sums.Knowing a set of Math heuristics can dramatically increase your chances of solving any Math problem.The derivation of heuristics in Part II is directed toward discovering new heuristics and using them to embody new focus for structured, problem-solving methodology. Consequently, problem solvers often are unaware how dependent they are on the use of heuristics.They are designed to provide new perspectives to problems and thus serve as tools for innovative inspiration. Part I: Use of Heuristics in Problem Solving Part I covers a background of heuristics, describes examples, demonstrates their use in solving technical problems, and explains how selected heuristics are used in the second part to derive new heuristics. Probably the main reason for professional problem solvers’ lack of realization that they use heuristics is their dominant reliance on intuition.While it uses USIT heuristics for problem definition and analysis, it uses the newly derived heuristics for problem solution. Names, or even references to being heuristics, are rare.Introduction Heuristics imbue all areas of problem solving, both technical and non-technical problems. Heuristics seed the subconscious Technologists have learned to solve problems, a creative cognition process, without an understanding of how the brain does it.Those familiar with heuristics in problem solving and with structured, problem-solving methodologies may wish to skip Part I. It may also reflect a lack of momentary introspection to analyze the actual mental process of problem solving being used.Part II: Derivation of Heuristics Part II is devoted to the derivation of heuristics at an abstract level. Intuition uses heuristics so practiced and ingrained in one’s subconscious that they come into action instantaneously without conscious summons.Heuristics for Solving Technical Problems in Three Parts This discourse is in three parts. Instead they give pause to look at problems in different ways to find new insights.It is a somewhat theoretical discussion aimed at problem solvers experienced in, or just interested in, the use of heuristics for structured-type problem solving. Problem solvers use heuristics to “seed” their subconscious during the search for new concepts.