### George Polya’s **four point summary** from his book **How To Solve It**

Problem Solving is an art and like any art can only be learned through practicing. Here are George Polya’s four point summary steps in how to solve problems.

**1. Understand the Problem (SEE)
**You have to understand the problem at hand. What is the data? What are the unknowns. Divide the problem. Draw a picture. What is the condition? Is it possible to satisfy the condition?

**2. Devise a** **Plan (PLAN)**

Find a connection between the data and the unknown. Have you seen this before? Do you know a related problem? Restate the problem. Restate it differently. Can you solve a part of the problem?

**3. Carry Out the Plan (DO)
** Carry out the plan while checking each step. Can you prove or clearly see that the step is correct?

**4. Looking Back (CHECK)
** Check the result. Can you derive the solution differently? Can you use the result for some other problem?