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Take a look at Polya's classic "How to solve it". What you are asking is "how do I teach creative problem solving", and for that, sorry to say, there is no royal road. In any case, it isn't fair to expect your kid to solve a problem you struggle with...


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I should disclaim I haven't managed to solve this equation yet, even with your description. What were your failed attempts like? What was your own approach to this problem, and can't this approach help your son? Overall my approach for a problem like this would be: in general, to solve for N variables you need N independent equations. Here the problem gives ...


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