ago, I compiled this list of “The Ten Steps”.
It is pieced together from different versions I have seen in the
“to the student” section found in several college physics
texts. I have it posted above
my front white board. Each
step is on a different sheet of paper, and it covers the whole length
of the board.
1. READ THE PROBLEM ALL THE WAY THROUGH,
WORD BY WORD WITHOUT WRITING.
2. SKETCH THE SITUATION - LABELING THE DRAWING
WITH CORRECT SYMBOLS.
3. IDENTIFY WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.
4. WRITE DOWN ALL THE GIVENS USING SYMBOLS
AND INCLUDING UNITS.
WRITE DOWN ANY RELEVANT EQUATIONS.
6. SOLVE THE EQUATIONS SYMBOLICALLY FOR THE
UNKNOWN WITHOUT NUMBERS.
7. PLUG THE VALUES WITH UNITS INTO THE NEW
8. CAREFULLY COMPLETE THE MATH USING SIGNIFICANT
9. CHECK YOUR ANSWER FOR REASONABLENESS.
WRITE DOWN YOUR ANSWER USING CORRECT SIGNIFICANT FIGURES AND UNITS.
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