The A thru E Approach
to Problem Solving in Chemistry.

An Introduction

Dave Woodcock ©1996,2000
Okanagan University College

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Step 5. Evaluate.

And conclusion.

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Step 5. Evaluate.

During our analysis of this problem solving procedure, you have learned that memory is aided by using the information, since using creates new long term links. After concluding a problem take a little time to sit back and reflect on the problem, the solution and the route you found to solve the problem. In this way the very links that are helpful in brainstorming and in increasing the number of facts available to your short term or working memory are created for use in further problem solving.

Solving problems is only really useful to your understanding if you can store and then use the information at some other time.


The approach to problem solving that I have introduced you to has been one of dividing the problem into steps. That is a "divide and conquer" method.

Since there are many small steps involved in the process itself, to remember what to do requires forging links about the ideas of problem solving. Some of these links can be created artificially as for example by saying that this approach is as simple as ABC:

  • Analyze
  • Brainstorm for a route
  • Calculate.

Now you will always remember the first three steps! What are the fourth and fifth ?

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