I hope this is in the right sub forum, but my question is simple. What type of mindset is required to complete problems in a 2nd year classical mechanics course. Comparing a typical classical mechanics problem to a 1st year physics problem, they are both completely different. I find that a classical mechanics problem requires a person to be imaginative and clever while the other only requires algebra and plugging in formulas in order to solve a problem. It is this imaginative and clever characteristic that I lack and there are times when I am given a problem, I simply do not know how to begin that problem. I am asking if anybody can suggest ways to escape a 1st year physics mindset and enter a mindset that will allow me excel in this course. Thanks for your input.