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Problem-Solving Strategy #3 Engage in Wishful Thinking

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If there is something in life you want, make it happen! (And be then willing to handle the consequences of your actions with care and grace!) If there is an equation you wish to solve but wish there were a "+4" on the left ... make it happen! Add a 4 to the left, with the consequence of adding a 4 to the right as well. A beautiful problem-solving technique is to simply change the problem to what you wish it could be!

Read more about this strategy here: Problem Solving Strategy Essay #3: Engage in Wishful Thinking

Find other problem-solving strategies you can use on the MAA American Mathematics Competitions and other competitions here.