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Getting better at mathematical problem solving

  1. Jun 1, 2006 #1
    I am doing very well in school, but I know if I want to get into the top tier graduate schools, i need to get a lot better.

    I recently purchased the Red Book and the Green Book of Mathematical Problems (it's pretty much 200 Putnam type problems/mathematical olympiad type problems). And I did horrendously....like, really badly.

    Whatever, the point is, I want to get a lot better at this type of problem solving and problem solving in general. Can anyone reccomend a book (i've read some of Polya's book, but i'm looking for something that involves more material than theory and conceptual problem solving) to help me get better with my problem solving?

    I don't understand why there is such a huge disparity between my grades and how I did on these problems. For maybe 3 or 4 i got half way to the solution, but the rest I either had no clue where to even begin and even after looking at the hints i had no idea. A lot of the problems involved identities i've never seen before, or a lot of complex summations, which astounded me.

    any help is appreciated
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