- Identify what is asked in the problem
- Recall the concepts related to the problem and identify the formula to be used
- List the given values in the problem
- Make sure that only one variable is unknown
- If more variables are unknown, try to solve them using the given values
- Calculate the answer using the formula
- State the answer to the problem
Identify What is Asked
You cannot solve a problem if you don’t know what is the problem.
Michael is driving his sports car at 30 m/s when he sees a dog on the road ahead. He slams on the brakes and comes to a stop in 3.0 second. What was the acceleration of Michaels’s car?
What is asked in the problem? It is the acceleration of the car that Michael is driving.
Recall Concepts and Identify the Formula
List the Given Values
Initial Velocity = 30 m/s
Final Velocity = 0 m/s since the car came to a stop
Time = 3.0 s
Acceleration = unknown
Now you know that you are given with three values in the formula and the Acceleration is the only one unknown to us.
If More Variables are Unknown, Solve them First
This is a common problem in problem solving. For example, you might be asked to find the Torque of a rotating stick but you are only given with the mass that makes it rotate.
Solve the Problem Using the Formula
Now that you have all the variables except the one unknown, you can solve for the answer.
Practice Makes Perfect!
State the Answer to the Problem
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