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1. Describe the physical systems-particles, interactions, charges, fields, etc. 2. Clarify geometrical relationships, usually with the aid of a coordinate system 3. Identify relevant physical principles, such as Newton's laws or conservation of momentum, etc. 4. Identify simplifying assumptions, such as whether or not to use a particle or include air resistance 5. Add details as needed, such as a free-body diagram 6. Insert relevant quantities into the relevant equations and solve for the answer 7. Check the units and interpret the result *Cited from Five Easy Lessons-Strategies for Successful Physics Teaching by Randall D. Knight

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