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Understanding how it works vs being able to do a problem?

  1. Nov 6, 2012 #1
    Often times in my recent math experience I can learn how to do a problem, but it seems like the understanding of why it works that way only comes much later, sometimes when I've moved onto stuff that uses it as part of the problem solving process, and I was wondering, should I be concerned more with the understanding of how to do the problem or the understanding of why it works that way first? I hope my question makes sense.
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  3. Nov 6, 2012 #2


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    Maybe what you ask could be better understood if you tell what your recent Math experience is. Are you working with and studying just Numbers, or are you learning about something of which its understanding depends on Mathematics?

    What specifically ARE you studying? Do you have precise examples?
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