How to Solve Basic Mechanics Problems

To solve a mechanics problem, you should read the problem carefully and attempt to relate it to theories you’ve learned. Draw accurate diagrams and write out the problem data. Next, apply physical principles you have learned such as Newtons Laws, and tabulate mathematical equations. Double check to make sure your equations are dimensionally homogeneous: a fancy way to say that they have similar units on either side of the equals sign. Solve your equations and check your solution if possible. Check to see whether your answer sounds reasonable in a “common sense” way.