Solving a concrete example of your problem helps you to explore the problem and breakdown a complex problem.

This strategy will often get you much closer to the more general solution.

Try out a few concrete examples to see if there’s a pattern in the solutions.

If you see a pattern, that’s perfect!

If there’s no clear pattern, that works, too. You’ve learned a ton about the problem.

Since you’ve learned so much more about the problem, see the problem-solving checklist for more problem-solving strategies that you can apply with your newly discovered findings.