As mentioned before, whether you like it or not, whether you are going to be a mother, father, teacher, computer programmer, scientist, researcher, business owner, coach, mathematician, manager, doctor, lawyer, banker (the list can go on and on), problem solving is everywhere.
Some people think that you either can do it or you can't.
She has three times as much invested at 8% as she does at 5%.
If the total amount she has invested is $1600 and her interest for the year comes to $115, how much money does she have in each account?
In order to show an understanding of the problem you of course need to read the problem carefully.
Sounds simple enough, but some people jump the gun and try to start solving the problem before they have read the whole problem.
In problem solving it is good to look back (check and interpret)..
Basically, check to see if you used all your information and that the answer makes sense.
Contrary to that belief, it can be a learned trade.
Even the best athletes and musicians had some coaching along the way and lots of practice - that's what it also takes to be good at problem solving.