# Problem

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 “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”--Blaise Pascal A difficulty that has to be resolved or dealt with. A question to be answered. A puzzling circumstance.
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A problem is an obstacle which makes it difficult to achieve a desired goal, objective or purpose. It refers to a situation, condition, or issue that is yet unresolved. In a broad sense, a problem exists when an individual becomes aware of a significant difference between what actually is and what is desired.

## Examples

• Mathematical problem is a question about mathematical objects and structures that may require a distinct answer or explanation or proof. Examples include word problems at school level or deeper problems such as shading a map with only four colours.
• In society, a problem can refer to particular social issues, which if solved would yield social benefits, such as increased harmony or productivity, and conversely diminished hostility and disruption. Template:See also
• In business and engineering, a problem is a difference between actual conditions and those that are required or desired. Often, the causes of a problem are not known, in which case root cause analysis is employed to find the causes and identify corrective actions.
• In chess, a problem is a puzzle set by somebody using chess pieces on a chess board, for others to get instruction or intellectual satisfaction from determining the solution.
• In theology, there is what is referred to as the Synoptic Problem, regarding the Gospels' relationship to each other.
• In academic discourse a problem is a challenge to an assumption, an apparent conflict that requires synthesis and reconciliation. It is a normal part of systematic thinking, the address of which adds to or detracts from the veracity of a conclusion or idea.
• An optimization problem is finding the best solution from all feasible solutions. A good example of this type of problem is the travelling salesperson problem which is based on calculating the most efficient route between many places
• In computability theory a decision problem requires a simple yes-or-no answer.
• In rock climbing a problem is a series of rocks that forces the climber to climb.
• In reading, a problem is a combination of a series of words with the overall plotline, which the reader must attempt to decipher.
• In walking, a mobility problem is presented. Motion is achieved via mechanical interaction of the legs and a surface.
• Popular hip-hop/R&B artist Jay-Z claims to have 99 problems, of which he reports precisely 0 are women. (By comparison, similarly popular hip-hop/R&B artist Kid Cudi reports that, of his own 99 problems, precisely 99 of them are women.)