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Problem Solving Pathway!

A series of books teaching the facets of problem solving.

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Philosophy: A book series teaching analysis, problem solving, decision making, skills.

Goals: Make learning the art of problem solving,
 - a fun activity and not a chore
 - easy to understand, for anyone with highschool education
 - memorable, to know how to use the tools in real life
 - cost-effective printed books (under USD 5 per book)
 
Intended Audience
: Mature individuals prepared to invest time and effort in learning the art of problem solving.
 - Anyone with a basic highschool level of education,
 - College students,
 - STEM (Science, Technical, Engineering, Mathematics) students,
 - NEET's (Not in Education, Employment, Training),
 - Employed individuals.

The Quest Down The Problem Solving Pathway

256 pages (6" x 9") per book.

This book series teaches core problem solving concepts: Definition, exploration, sensing and verifying detail (the power of observation and analysis), separating fact from fiction, retaining relevant facts while discarding irrelevant ones, learning from failure or inefficient solutions, thinking (logically, analytically, critically), stated versus implied information, investigating all possible solution paths while abandoning impossible ones, educated guesswork, understanding what is an acceptable solution, implementing the optimal solution, seeking feedback, re-implementing a better solution.

Problem solving basics, with fun activities (puzzles & games).
The series starts from the ground-up. Each 'simple' puzzle is backed by detailed analysis and a lot of insight. Problems reference concepts learned in previous problems. Gradually, 'puzzles' morph into 'problems'. You now need insights gained from solving the previous puzzles, and a dogged determination to find solutions. The brain is cajoled into analyzing minor details, seeking multiple solutions, deciding the optimal solution (as demanded by the problem statement and the current ground realities).

Book I: Puzzles & Patterns
A starting point for the novice, on their problem solving journey. A foundation book that will even help the expert, with its detailed analysis, deep insights, astute observations.

Tools and concepts explained: Simple puzzles, identifying patterns and connections, basic mathematics skills, shape identification and manipulation, English (language),

Book II
: Shapes & Contours
An advanced step on the problem solving journey, for those who have mastered the foundation principles and tools of problem solving.

Tools and concepts explained: Advanced shapes, matchstick puzzles, patterns and trends. This book covers advanced concepts using basic problem solving tools.

Book III: Games & Thinking
Not recommended for the novice, this book explores logical thinking in the guise of games and language puzzles.

Tools and concepts explained: Definition of various popular games, what constitures a win, strategies to avoid defeat, how to out-think your opponent, logical thinking to unravel convoluted puzzles.

Book IV: Testing, Testing
This book evaluates how much your problem solving skills have matured. Each problem adds a twist, gives fresh insight to familiar tools and concepts.

Combinations, eliminating impossible problem paths, weighing and measuring, logical thinking.


Real world problem solving.
The 'theory' and practical insight to real world problems, and the tools and concepts used to solve them. Each real world problem is unique, each person has their own criteria of what constitutes an 'acceptable' solution. The content are more in terms of guidelines than rules, recommendations on how you need to tackle and solve real world problems.

Book V: Real World Tools
Real world problems need real world tools: Thinking (logically, laterally, creatively), questioning, using the senses and paying attention to relevant detail, remembering, (English) language and communication skills, time management, teamwork and crowdsourcing, judging and deciding, diagrams as visual tools.

Book VI: Moving On The Pathway
Defining the problem solving process, explaining the obstacles to problem solving, tips to be a better problem solver

Book VII: Studying The Reports
The real world has a myriad of problems, each with its unique characteristics. Real world stories and case studies illustrate families of problems, with common characteristics. Taking them apart and examining their inner working in detail, will clue the expert problem solver on how to tackle any generic problem.



Books I and II are almost ready!

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