I'm not sure how to put this into words but...here goes. After going through chapters and chapters of introductory mechanics, I think I can say that I at least some of the basics down. However, when I introduce myself to extremely novel problems, I get stunned at their complexity and have to resort to asking professors and consulting their "solution manuals". My question is: Is this normal? Or should one be able to sweep aside novel problems with some degree of ease if one understands the fundamentals (i.e I'm far off from understanding the fundamental bits of mechanics). I know it might be a silly line of inquiry but I'm hoping to get insight from the more experienced to set up realistic targets for my work.