Problem 694: Triangle, Angles, 30 Degrees, Auxiliary Construction, Mind Map, Polya. Level: High School, College, Math Ed.

The figure shows a triangle ABC with angle BAD = 18 degrees, angle DAC = 48 degrees, angle ACD = 30 degrees, and angle BCD = 36 degrees. Find the measure of angle ABD.
 

Geometry problem: Triangle, Angle, 30 Degrees
 
 

Geometry problem solving is one of the most challenging skills for students to learn. When a problem requires auxiliary construction, the difficulty of the problem increases drastically, perhaps because deciding which construction to make is an ill-structured problem. By “construction,” we mean adding geometric figures (points, lines, planes) to a problem figure that wasn’t mentioned as "given."

How to Solve It, Interactive Mind Map

George Pólya's 1945 book "How to Solve It, A new aspect of Mathematical Method", is a book describing methods of problem solving. It suggests the following steps when solving a mathematical problem: (1) First, you have to understand the problem. (2) After understanding, then make a plan. (3) Carry out the plan. (4) Look back on your work. How could it be better? 
 

Mind Map Help. To see a note: Hover over a yellow note button. To Fold/Unfold: click a branch. To Pan: click and drag the map canvas.

College Geometry: Gergonne Point, Online Education

 

 

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