1. Take one homework problem you have worked on this

semester that you struggled to understand and solve,

and explain how the struggle itself was valuable.

○ In the context of this question, describe the struggle and how you

overcame the struggle. You might also discuss whether struggling built

aspects of character in you (e.g. endurance, self-confidence, competence

to solve new problems) and how these virtues might benefit you in later

ventures.

2. What mathematical ideas are you curious to know more

about as a result of taking this class?

○ Give one example of a question about the material that you’d like to

explore further, and describe why this is an interesting question to you.

3. How has your mathematical imagination been enhanced

as a result of taking this class?

○ Give at least three examples.

4. Consider one mathematical idea from the course that

you have found beautiful, and explain why it is beautiful

to you.

○ Your answer should address how this beauty is similar to or different from

other kinds of beauty that human beings encounter.

5. Give one example of a mathematical idea from this class

that you found creative, and explain what you find

creative about it.

○ For example, you can choose an instance of creativity you experienced in

your own problem-solving, or something you witnessed in another

person’s definition or reasoning.

# 1. Take one homework problem you have worked on this semester that you struggled

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