I find it helpful (and fun!) to try to understand aspects of problem solving from trying to solve problems on my own. This is a problem that I got stuck on. I had a few ideas to start and then I got stuck.
At the urging of some folks on twitter I used Geogebra to figure out what the value of x is, and now I know and am trying to find a proof. Then, I’ll try to figure out what I would have needed to try to discover the answer on my own, in the first place.
I’ll check back here when I’m ready for spoilers. In the meantime, feel free to use the comments to discuss any aspect of the problem. Here are some prompts:
- What solutions did you find?
- What possible hints could you offer me (or anyone) who gets stuck on this problem?
- What math could one/I learn after working on this problem?
- What strategies/heuristics could come in to play while working on this problem?
Looking forward to reading more when I give up or figure this out!
(Also, this is my first post in this space. Maybe I’ll keep on going, maybe I won’t. Subscribe at your own risk.)
(PS Oy, wordpress sticks ads at the end of posts these days? Sheesh. Maybe I’ll jump ship back to blogger. Or get my own domain. Or something.)