Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Test Prep today. We studied everything related to the test. The student has a good handle on the circuit concepts. The most challenging thing was the magnetic forces and the cross product, specifically figuring out the right hand rule and the direction of the forces. We spent a good deal of time on this and the student started figuring out the correct answers."
"She was working on problems of angular momentum and rolling without slipping. There were some very challenging aspects to these problems, but she picked them up very quickly once we talked about them. She also takes to new concepts very well. I have no doubt she will be able to tackle most of these topics very well."
"We went over the Doppler effect, wave mechanics, and angular motion. The student has no trouble at all doing the math portion of the work, but it seems that the lack of a textbook is really hindering his ability to understand how to set up the problems. I was glad to see he really benefited from my clarification. I left him with some pages of my physics book concerning reflection and transmission of waves to review."
"Today we reviewed Coulomb's Law of Electric Force. Not too bad really, just be very careful with regards to converting all units to SI units. So distance in meters, charge in Coulomb's. If you do that, you should do great on the test!"
"We reviewed kinetics including reaction rate, how to find the order of the reaction, and the various graphs that you get for zero order, first order, and second order. We then reviewed electrochemistry, how to calculate the voltage of the reaction from a reduction potential table, and how to use the Nernst equation. I also explained what to do when given a pressure for the hydrogen in the hydrogen electrode."
"The student and I discussed several concepts pertaining to equilibrium, strong/weak bases and acids, and dissociation/solubility. He worked through his practice test and reviewed how salts and strong acids or bases dissociate completely in an aqueous solution, whereas covalent compounds such as sugars (carbohydrates) or weak acids/bases do not dissociate completely. While on the topic, we went over which acids/bases are strong or weak as well as the difference between "concentration" and "strength"."