Problem-Solving Basics for One-Dimensional Kinematics

Read this text for a step-by-step guide on how to solve problems of constant acceleration using kinematic equations.


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Figure 2.37 Problem-solving skills are essential to your success in Physics.

Problem-solving skills are obviously essential to success in a quantitative course in physics. More importantly, the ability to apply broad physical principles, usually represented by equations, to specific situations is a very powerful form of knowledge. It is much more powerful than memorizing a list of facts. Analytical skills and problem-solving abilities can be applied to new situations, whereas a list of facts cannot be made long enough to contain every possible circumstance. Such analytical skills are useful both for solving problems in this text and for applying physics in everyday and professional life.

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