# How can math be used to resolve problems and answer questions?

I have to write a paper about Problem Solving with this information and I don't know where to start...

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• Anonymous

Problems and questions can be understood better if the principles of physics and engineering are applied to them. Math is a method of writing down these physical principles and a tool for exploring how these principles help to understand the problem. Math alone can't do it.

• Steven
Lv 7

can you get a 10 foot bed around a corner of a hallway that is 4 feet wide?

the 'pinch' point would come when the bed is at the 45degree angle of the corner

this would be the diagonal of a square with 4 feet from the center to any side

so you have a square with 8 foot sides

sin=opp/hyp

sin45=8/hyp

sqrt2/2=8/hyp

hyp=8*2/sqrt2

16/sqrt2

11.314

so you can get your bed around the corner

sweet dreams

:D

Some questions it can not solve.

Like do you love someone.

(but, humorously see:http://xkcd.com/113/)

But math can be used to muse on possibility, check out creativity, and get some jokes.

It can be used in surprising ways to resolve many kinds of problems in simple life

(bank balance, averages, reciepes) as well as the sciences and engineering.

http://xkcd.com/263/

http://xkcd.com/55/