Professor Paul Zeitz, Ph.D.

Professor Paul Zeitz
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of California, Berkeley
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Practicing a scale is an exercise; learning jazz improvisation is a problem. The math that you learned in school was mostly exercises. My course is all about problems.
Dr. Paul Zeitz is Professor of Mathematics at the University of San Francisco. He majored in history at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992, specializing in ergodic theory. One of his greatest interests is mathematical problem solving. He won the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) and was a member of the first American team to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in 1974. Since 1985, he has composed and edited problems for several national math contests, including the USAMO. He has helped train several American IMO teams, most notably the 1994 Dream Team, which, for the first time in history achieved a perfect score. He founded the San Francisco Bay Area Math Meet in 1994 and cofounded the Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad in 1999. These and other experiences led him to write The Art and Craft of Problem Solving (1999; second edition, 2007). He was honored in March 2002 with the Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics by the Northern California Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and in January 2003, he received the MAA's national teaching award, the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award.
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"Professor Zeitz addresses concepts in math that are typically not taught in school. You will be amazed by some of the concepts and how powerful they are in solving riddles."

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  1. Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving Sale

    Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Paul Zeitz
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    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $34.95 $254.95 $34.95$254.95
    In The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving, award-winning Professor Paul Zeitz conducts you through scores of problems at all levels of difficulty. More than a bag of math tricks, these 24 lectures reveal strategies, tactics, and tools for overcoming mathematical obstacles in fields such as algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory. This course is the perfect way to sharpen your mind, think more...
  2. (Set)  Games and Puzzles & Mathematical Problem Solving Set

    (Set) Games and Puzzles & Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $414.90 Starting at $414.90 $474.90 $414.90$474.90
  3. (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving Set

    (Set) Joy of Mathematics & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  4. (Set) Art of Teaching & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving   Set

    (Set) Art of Teaching & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Enhance your teaching and problem-solving skills with this two-course set delivered by a pair of engaging instructors and award-winning professors. First, learn how to reach astounding new levels of success as a teacher with the methods, tools, and advice in The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator. Then, discover strategies, tactics, and tips for overcoming mathematical obstacles in fields such as...
  5. (Set) Understanding Calculus & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving  Set

    (Set) Understanding Calculus & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Discover a wealth of invaluable tips and techniques for mastering a range of mathematical concepts and problems with this two-course set. Immerse yourself in the unrivaled experience of learning—and grasping—calculus with Understanding Calculus: Problems, Solutions, and Tips. And The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving helps you overcome mathematical obstacles in fields such as algebra,...
  6. (Set)  The Critical Thinkers Toolkit Set

    (Set) The Critical Thinkers Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,289.70 Starting at $1,289.70 $1,529.70 $1,289.70$1,529.70
    To be a critical thinker, you have to embrace multiple facets in your approach. Learn how to look at challenges from every fundamental perspective with this comprehensive six-course set including Critical Decision Making and Game Theory. From approaching a conflict to persuasively arguing a point of view, this set will prepare you to think through, and effectively make, good choices.
  7. (Set) Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving  & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving & Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Learn to make sense of often intimidating mathematical problems and concepts with this insightful and entertaining two-course set. The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving reveals strategies, tactics, and tools for overcoming mathematical problems at all levels of difficulty. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition is crafted to make the key concepts and triumphs of this mathematical field...
  8. (Set)  Mathematical Problem Solving & Discrete Mathematics Set

    (Set) Mathematical Problem Solving & Discrete Mathematics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  9. (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving Set

    (Set) Secrets of Mental Math & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  10. (Set)  Prove It & The Art of Mathematical Problem Solving Set

    (Set) Prove It & The Art of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Math may seem the antithesis of creativity, but there is an art to math that can spark imaginations, tackle intellectual challenge, and sharpen your mind. Prove It: the Art of Mathematical Argument shows you to how math statements become universally accepted fact and how to construct proofs. Follow that with The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving to think more creatively about math (and other) challenges
  11. (Set) The Art and Craft of Problem-Solving & Games People Play Set on sale

    (Set) The Art and Craft of Problem-Solving & Games People Play

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $421.00 Starting at $61.90 $509.90 $61.90$509.90
  12. (Set)  Mathematical Problem Solving & Intro to Number Theory Set

    (Set) Mathematical Problem Solving & Intro to Number Theory

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  13. (Set) Shape of Nature & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving   Set

    (Set) Shape of Nature & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Explore intriguing new avenues of mathematical thought and change the way you think about this essential area of human knowledge with this two-course set. Discover the intricate relationship between mathematics and nature and get a pointed introduction to the language mathematicians use to study shapes and dimensions with The Shape of Nature. And in The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving, sharpen your...
  14. (Set) Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving & Art of Critical Decision Making  Set

    (Set) Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving & Art of Critical Decision Making

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Learn effective strategies for solving mathematical problems and make critical decisions in this insightful and accessible two-course set. In The Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving, discover strategies for overcoming mathematical obstacles in fields such as algebra, geometry, and number theory. And in The Art of Critical Decision Making, explore how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective...
  15. (Set) How to Play Chess & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving Set

    (Set) How to Play Chess & Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Many problems can be solved with the right strategy and the skills of strategic thinking can be applied in all aspects of life. With this two-course set, gain problem-solving skills and analytical prowess. In both How to Play Chess and Art and Craft of Mathematical Problem Solving, you'll learn new ways of planning, viewing, and approaching any problem—from coming up with a plan of attack to discovering the most...