Problem Solving Mr. Capella. Problem Solving Steps Define the problem Analyze the problem Research previous designs Specifications Constraints & limiting.

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Problem Solving Mr. Capella

Problem Solving Steps Define the problem Analyze the problem Research previous designs Specifications Constraints & limiting factors Select best solution Construct & test Redesign & retest

Define the Problem Write down a concise statement which summarizes the problem Then where you want to be when the problem is solved

Analyze the Problem Look closely at the problem Determine possible ways to solve it

Research Previous Designs What have people done in the past to solve this problem? What things seemed to work and which ideas failed?

Specifications What are the requirements to solve the problem? What must the solution you decide on do? Some examples are it must drive, fly, float

Constraints What things might limit my solution? Also called limiting factors

Limiting Factors Laws of Nature

Limiting Factors Rules of the project

Limiting Factors Time

Limiting Factors Weight

Limiting Factors Size

Limiting Factors Cost and Materials

Select the Best Solution Brainstorm ideas for your solution Select the best possible solution from the ideas you have developed

Construct the Solution Take the information you have gathered Build a model and finally a working model A working model is called a prototype

Test the Prototype This is the first test of your solution A working model or prototype Do not be disappointed if your solution fails the first time Remember this is only a prototype testing stage

Did You Accomplish the Solution? Do you think that you solved the problem the best way possible or is there room for improvement More often then not rethinking may need to be done

Redesign With Your Findings With your test results you might need to change a few things This is often called tweaking

Retest Your Solution Retesting may take several tries until it meets the standards for the solution Tweaking is a continuous process that ends with a final test

Need For the Solution Does your solution have a need in society and does it help a large number of people?

Global Impacts of Your Solution This is to ensure that once you have completed your solution it is a benefit to mankind and the environment Harming things to accomplish a goal is not solving anything

The End Technology Education Dept. Onondaga Nation School

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