problem solving

Definitions of problem solving
  1. noun
    the thought processes involved in solving a problem
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    enquiry, inquiry, research
    a search for knowledge
    calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning
    problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
    nature study
    the study of animals and plants in the natural world (usually at an elementary level)
    experiment, experimentation
    the testing of an idea
    empirical research
    an empirical search for knowledge
    investigation, probe
    an inquiry into unfamiliar or questionable activities
    canvass, opinion poll, poll, public opinion poll
    an inquiry into public opinion conducted by interviewing a random sample of people
    heraldry
    the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
    extrapolation
    (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function outside the range of known values
    interpolation
    (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function between the values already known
    conversion
    a change in the units or form of an expression: "conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade"
    approximation, estimate, estimation, idea
    an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
    derivative, derived function, differential, differential coefficient, first derivative
    the result of mathematical differentiation; the instantaneous change of one quantity relative to another; df(x)/dx
    integral
    the result of a mathematical integration; F(x) is the integral of f(x) if dF/dx = f(x)
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    cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought, thought process
    the process of using your mind to consider something carefully
  2. noun
    the area of cognitive psychology that studies the processes involved in solving problems
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    cognitive psychology
    an approach to psychology that emphasizes internal mental processes
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