The best thing to do for this step is read the problem thoroughly and to read it twice, making sure that you have gathered all the information.
After reading through the problem two or three times, it is important for you to extract all the necessary information. This can be constraints, variables, values, or even equations that link some of the variables together.
The second part of this step is to actually solve your equations, whether it is one equation or five equations simultaneously.
In some instances, your question may ask for multiple variables or it may just ask for one variable.
Assumptions allow you to make your complex problem a simpler model which will give results that are just as valid.
However, it is also important that you do not make assumptions that will make your results unacceptable.
These instructions are not limited to only engineers however, as many professionals or other students can find these useful for solving problems in their respective fields.
For the purpose of this Instructable, I will walk you through the generic steps that should be taken in this process and then I will solve an engineering related problem using these steps.
Once you have completed the previous steps, you need to make a list of acceptable assumptions for your problem.
It is important to remember to work easier not harder!