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# How do you approach hard math questions? watch

1. Pretty much the title...
2. (Original post by lordoftheties)
Pretty much the title...
Leave them last
3. (Original post by M14B)
Leave them last
I mean to try and answer it. For example some might relate the question to a specific topic, and then think of the methods used in that topic and see if they can be applied correctly to the question...
4. Walk up to the paper it's written on, pull out your seat if need be and get your pencil out.

Alternatively, start vomiting.
5. I've found my own way. Most topics in math relate to calculus, at least in a certain way. If there is a problem I can't solve as it is meant to be solved (geometry or vectors for example) I turn everything into functions. Takes longer but will usually arrive at a solution. Furthermore it helps understand where the formulas applied in some parts of math come from.
6. Try to work out what topic it's actually testing, then remember the rules of how to do it, then plug in the numbers
7. Throw yourself out of the nearest window
8. (Original post by Devillain)
I've found my own way. Most topics in math relate to calculus, at least in a certain way. If there is a problem I can't solve as it is meant to be solved (geometry or vectors for example) I turn everything into functions. Takes longer but will usually arrive at a solution. Furthermore it helps understand where the formulas applied in some parts of math come from.
This seems a really interesting method, could you give an example?
9. Sure. In my first mock exam I had to find the distance between two planes. Didn't have the formula and at that time vectors were not my strength. But I was good at calculus. So I Simply created a sphere around a point on plane 1. Then I found the radius of the sphere for which it tangents plane 2. That radius was the correct perpendicular distance. And methods like this will work most of the time.
10. Sometimes try working backwards if it's a show question.
11. (Original post by lordoftheties)
Pretty much the title...
logically
Spoiler:
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think of everything you've been taught and think of every possible way you've been taught and go through the question and see what works

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