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Chris Sangwin

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Trick questions.
Posted: Sep 10, 2010 11:00 AM
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I am emailing to ask for some help in identifying "trick questions" in
mathematics.

** Definition:

A mathematics question/exercise/task is said to be a "trick question" if
the reasoning required to solve it is applicable only to the solution of
that question.

**

I am having some difficulty in identifying "trick questions". For
example, the task "Expand (x-a)(x-b)(x-c)...(x-z)" felt to me originally
to require a trick. But, on reflection, the reasoning is precisely that
needed to construct Lagrange polynomials (HINT!).

Can anyone identify a trick question? I'm struggling to do so.

Chris



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