Problem solving is one of the more challenging aspects of many math
and science courses. Follow these steps for assistance in finding the
Read each problem
Write down the information given in the
problem. Include units and labels.
Determine what is "wanted" (i.e. the
Find additional information such as
conversion factors, molar masses, etc.
Set up the solution - check units
Check the answer - Does it make
Select your level! Note how the more challenging problems use the
same information and concepts more complexly.
Note: These problems
have been deliberately selected for their lack of course specific
content to help focus on problem solving.
- A very basic problem.
- Helpful for basic understanding.
- Generally requires application of only one concept.
- A typical problem.
- May require application of two or more concepts.
- May require information not given in the problem.
- Thought provoking!
- Requires synthesis of many concepts, including those from earlier
- May require more complicated mathematical manipulations.
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