## How many ways to go?

While into the maze, you must not retrace any part of your earlier path. With this simple restriction, you just have to enter the maze and try to come out.

It's a very simple maze. You may enter through any opening and go out also through any exit.

### Only one restriction this time

- While on your way you
.**must not retrace your path**

### Three questions

- Entry and exit should be from opposite sides. How many ways?
- Along how many paths can you walk in and out of the maze?
- What is the shortest path?

### Learning:

You **may spend some time in forming more questions** on the maze. You know,

Solving the maze is not so important, looking at the problem from all angles is more important.

If you look at a problem from all angles, and do this on various problems, many times, **your ability to think new goes on increasing**, and this ability is **one of the more important problem solving skills.**

We have another name for this problem solving skill enhancement technique - the **many ways technique.**

By nature, when we face a problem, not only during the solving process * we look automatically at every aspect of the problem*, but

*even after its solution we try to find other solutions*. In short, practicing many ways technique has become our habit.

In many of our more detailed problem solving posts here, we have mentioned this technique, but only one complete post is devoted to this very important problem solving skill enhancement technique. If you like you may refer to it * here*.

The other skill that you use in any of the problems that you solve is the pattern recognition skill, and you use it by * pattern recognition techniques*.

Without ability to detect and use of effective patterns no problem can be solved.

In any case, enjoy, this maze is really simple.

And watch out this section for more surprises.