Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I primarily reviewed material for his biostatistics midterm exam. We covered the different types of learning in organisms; habituation, classical and operant conditioning, imitation or social learning, and imprinting, as well as insight, or reason. We then reviewed the different types of animal behavior patters, kinesis, taxis, fixed action patters, and chemical communication. We reviewed briefly the phylogenetic tree and I suggested he get more instruction on this from his professor. Next we dived into the various statistical tests. He reviewed and practiced using the F-test, finding the standard error of two means, and reviewed other tests like the Z test that we have talked about in previous weeks. I think he is well on his way to being ready for the exam."
"We worked on the Lorentz force today. The student was able to calculate the magnitude and direction of the force pretty well. We had some conversations about cross product and how that was relevant to the problems. I noticed she struggled a bit with being able to apply the force and remembering some concepts from Physics I such as kinetic energy and centripetal acceleration, so we spent some time talking about that."
"The student and I reviewed torque and how to analyze beams to solve for unknown forces. We discussed torque's relation to vector forces, moment arms, and incident angles. We also discuss the definition of torque as a modified version of Newton's 2nd law. We later moved onto the basics of waves and constructive and destructive interference. She participated by asking and answering conceptual questions as well as verbally walking me through routine steps once the problems were set up."