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bigmike94

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- Which sort of problems do you get the most pleasure from solving

There’s many types of problems in textbooks for example conceptual problems, problems where you’re given values and asked to find an unknown value and also problems that start with “show that..” “give x can you show y” “derive an equation in terms of…”

Im curious as to what type you like solving the most and what type is less satisfying.

For me I prefer to be given values about a situation and be asked to find an unknown.

I like trying to picture the situation and thinking about what needs to be known to find the value I am looking for.

It feels like a puzzle and for me it’s highly satisfying, especially because you’re looking for an actual real number something you can think “oh that makes sense” or maybe “I’m not sure this is right why would a particle be moving at 500 coulombs per Newton”

And the least satisfying for me has to be the type that start with “show that..” “prove that..” “derive an equation in terms of..”

I just don’t feel like I am getting much from them, I mean you can say I am bias because I struggle with them but even when I can solve them or check the solution I get near zero satisfaction.

On the other hand learning the theory and following derivations and using all this to solve a real problem just hits the sweet spot.

Im curious as to what type you like solving the most and what type is less satisfying.

For me I prefer to be given values about a situation and be asked to find an unknown.

I like trying to picture the situation and thinking about what needs to be known to find the value I am looking for.

It feels like a puzzle and for me it’s highly satisfying, especially because you’re looking for an actual real number something you can think “oh that makes sense” or maybe “I’m not sure this is right why would a particle be moving at 500 coulombs per Newton”

And the least satisfying for me has to be the type that start with “show that..” “prove that..” “derive an equation in terms of..”

I just don’t feel like I am getting much from them, I mean you can say I am bias because I struggle with them but even when I can solve them or check the solution I get near zero satisfaction.

On the other hand learning the theory and following derivations and using all this to solve a real problem just hits the sweet spot.