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Problem solving is a very important higher-order cognitive skill and a crucial element in the study of chemistry. However, students seem to believe that this activity does not deserve too much effort and they develop the attitude that arriving at the answer is more important than understanding the process of solution. This is due in part to the way problem solving examples are presented in textbooks and during lectures. From these presentations students see a clean, elegant solution, having little in common with the uncertainty and the fuzzy thinking that they experience when they try to solve a problem by themselves. The purpose of this proposal is to help students develop creative solutions to problems. To accomplish this goal a series of examples will be recorded and posted. These examples will teach students how to: - Extract relevant information - Relate it to familiar concepts, definitions, and equations - Decrease the complexity of the problem by breaking it down into sub-problems - Make the problem visible by translating it into pictures, diagrams, or graphs.