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Unformatted text preview: • Determine what question is to be answered and what output or results are to be produced. • Determine what theoretical and experimental knowledge can be applied. • Determine what input information or data is available Many academic problems that you will be asked to solve have this step completed by the instructor. For example, if your instructor ask you to solve a quadratic algebraic equation and provides you with all of the coeﬃcients, the problem has been completely defined before it is given to you and little doubt remains about what the problem is. If the problem is not well defined, considerable effort must be expended at the beginning in studying the problem, eliminating the things that are unimportant, and focusing on the root problem. Effort at this step pays great dividends by eliminating or reducing false trials, thereby shortening the time taken to complete later steps....
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