Problem Solving Solution Template
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This task template contains the steps required in problem solving. This can be used as an outline for an overall system solution.
There are typically four steps in solving a problem.
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Model, Analyze, Design, and Test

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Visualization and Presentation of the Results


Introduction


The introduction section consists of the problem definition and background information.

Problem Definition


Define the problem. What are the goals?



Background Information


Provide any background information relevant to the problem.






System Definition



Variables and Parameters


Input Variable Names and Descriptions
Output Variable Names and Descriptions

Parameter Names and Descriptions





Input and Output Data and Parameter Values


The input and output data and the known parameter values can be defined in the document or imported from an external source.
Data and Parameters

External Data Imports






Model, Analyze, Design, and Test


These steps are performed as necessary to solve the problem.
Model Formulation and Derivation
Define the system model. It can be known or it can be derived as part of the problem.

Model Analysis
Perform system analysis on the given model. For example:
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Compute parameters of interest (for example, time constant, bandwidth)

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Simplify the model structure

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Plot system response to input


Solution Design and Tuning
Design components based on the system model. This process can be iterative.

Simulation and Testing
Simulate and test the performance of the system model based on the designed components.





Visualization and Presentation


After the required results have been obtained, they can be used in several ways.
Plots and Graphs
Generate and export plots and graphs for visualization.

Interactive Maplets
Create Maplets allowing users to interact with and manipulate your problem solution.

Code Generation
Generate code implementing the problem solution in many different programming languages: C, MATLAB®, Java®, Fortran, and Visual Basic®.

Report Summary and Conclusion
Export this worksheet document as LaTeX, text, or HTML for distribution and sharing.




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