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Best way to use a solution manual?

  1. Apr 25, 2012 #1
    What do you guys think is the best way to use a solution manual while solving problems? I'm asking because I will be studying on my own challenging physics physics problems over the summer and I got the manual for them.

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  3. Apr 25, 2012 #2
    Just curious, what year are you in and what will you be doing to study?
  4. Apr 25, 2012 #3
    Freshmen becoming Sophomore. I'm taking Analytical mechanics next semester so I want to make sure I have full mastery of my mechanics skills so I'll probably solve a lot of honors level MIT questions. Also I might do some Edward Purcell problems. Plus I'm self studying intro wave and optics to place out of the class.
  5. Apr 25, 2012 #4
    I think honestly its better to look up solutions eventually. Usually I try a problem for maybe 2 hours. If I am not getting progress I put it away for awhile. I usually will not look up a solution for a couple days. I think you get more done if you don't spend days on one problem.
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