Problem Set Format

Since Dr. Brown has asked me to grade your homework and has encouraged you to submit works of art, I suggest a format which will make me very happy and will help you to clearly present your work. While this is not a required format, it will make it easier for me to look at your works of problem solving art.

Given: Restate the problem situation, sketch pictures to illustrate the problem, define variables as needed, etc.

Find: Clearly state what it is that you are supposed to find

Plan: List primary physics principles and laws which apply, any assumptions you make and then suggest how you plan to use these to attack the problem

Calculate: Clearly carry out the necessary calculations, algebra and calculus

Solution: Clearly state the solution — generally a sentence with appropriate numbers or formulaic results

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