How to Solve Problems: For Success in Freshman Physics, Engineering, and Beyond

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9780962200854: How to Solve Problems: For Success in Freshman Physics, Engineering, and Beyond
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Teaches problem-solving style by explaining the methods that experienced scientist and engineers use to define a problem, to solve it, and to present their solution to others.

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This book motivates beginning science and engineering students to describe and solve problems in a way that they can use throughout their careers. Teachers and thousands of students have used it as a guide to stating problems completely and solving them accurately.

Step by step explanations of how to describe problems exactly, draw diagrams, define variables, standardize units, calculate clearly, and state answers accurately are illustrated by solved examples of typical introductory physics and engineering problems. The problem-solving style learned by working these simple examples can be used for all problems, including those that are complex, open ended, or design oriented.

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This handbook offers an inexpensive, sequential, systematic approach to problem solving. It is an ideal supplementary resource for students taking introductory physics or engineering courses at the high-school or college level.

Scarl's philosophy of lifelong learning emerges to set a tone that physics problem solving can be done by all who wish to tackle it as a challenge.

The author's writing matches his approach to problem solving. It is succinct, precise, clear, and easy to read. The reader who enters Scarl's world of problem solving finds that "impossible" physics problems have an approachability that was lacking before introduction to his strategies.

As with his descriptions of prior methodology, his approach to the use of spreadsheets and graphs is succinct and systematic.

He concludes the handbook with challenging physics and engineering problems. Yes, the systematic strategies and solutions are also included. -- M. Jenice French, The Physics Teacher, 34, 120 February 1996

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