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problem

1. Maths a statement requiring a solution usually by means of one or more operations or geometric constructions
2. designating a literary work that deals with difficult moral questions

Problem

 

in the broad sense, a complex theoretical or practical question requiring study and a solution. In science, a problem consists in a contradictory situation that arises in the form of opposing views to the explanation of any given phenomenon, object, or process and that requires an adequate theory for its solution. A key prerequisite for the solution of a problem is its correct statement or formulation. An incorrectly stated problem merely detracts attention from the solution of the real problem. [21–8—4]

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We have shown how the CoRT thinking skills helped a teacher provide needed scaffolding for an open-ended science problem on bird habitats.
Many people with MS will have MS-related vision problems at some point in their life.
For example, Delphi had a stress fatigue problem that caused a release actuator for an integrated cinching latch to break after 18,000 cycles.
Students were told that the counselor needed some help solving a problem that many students in the school were facing.
Above, a rather difficult problem was intentionally offered as an example of an exercise that could be used as a mental mathematics problem in class.
Again, visual representations help the learner see the problem as s/he attempts to analyze and make sense of the material.
If an organization engages in Root Cause Problem Elimination, it must implement the discovered solutions.
The key fact bearing on this problem was that preliminary reports from both Services in theater indicated that the Marine Corps' C2 personal computer and the Army's FBCB2 had performed well during combat operations.
Bipolar disorder could be the most serious diagnosis in children's mental health, and almost always requires medication, making it one problem (like ADHD, see below) where getting the correct diagnostic label is critical for appropriate treatment.
There comes a point when throwing more bodies at a problem will not help--when the complexity of the SAN outstretches human ability to view and understand how changes are impacted by a maze of end-to-end access paths, their relationships and interdependencies.
8 per cent of Ontario adults were moderate or severe problem gamblers, which supports "converging lines of evidence indicating that a substantial portion of gaming revenues derives from people who are negatively impacted by their involvement in this activity.