**Problem Solving Heuristics**

Pólya worked in probability, analysis, number theory, geometry, combinatorics and mathematical physics.

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Maths worksheet on Number Patterns

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Here is a math problem you may have seen.

There are 28 students in your classroom. On Valentine's Day, every student gives a valentine to each of the other students. How many valentines are exchanged?

How would you solve this problem? George Pólya, a mathematician famous for problem solving, said that when you have a tough problem you should make the numbers simpler.

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