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In Physics, we use the expert method to break down difficult problems into parts that make it easier to understand. The method helps us see what the given information is and in what ways can we figure out the unknown information. There are 7 steps to the expert method and they are as follows:

STEP 1

Question: realize and understand what the problem is asking



STEP 2

Type: this gives you an idea of how you will be solving the problem by which method you will use



STEP 3

Model: this also gives you an idea of how you will be solving the problem



STEP 4

Pictorial Representation:
-sketch a picture of what is happening in the problem
-label the known and unknown quantities
-also make a list off to the side of the known and unknown quantities



STEP 5

Physical Representation:
-draw a graph
-motion map
-force diagram


STEP 6

Mathematical Representation and Solution: actually solve the problem using numbers and equations.



STEP 7

Evaluation: in the answer show the
-sign
-magnitude
-unit