Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the use of Newton's Second Law involving elevator/apparent weight problems, pulley problems, inclined plane problems, and how acceleration and velocity do not have to be in the same direction and can, in fact, be in opposite directions (such as when an object is decelerating)."
"We discussed the use of vectors in physics and motion in 1 and 2 dimensions, including projectile motion in preparation for an upcoming exam. The student had issues working with vectors before the session and indicated after the session that she felt much more comfortable about the topic. She has not had any test scores from this semester but indicated that she scored an "A" on the physics final exam for which we met in May to prepare. I did not leave her with extra practice since her exam is on the very next day and her textbook has numerous practice questions."
"We covered the kinematic equations through practicing 1-d motion, learning free fall, and introducing 2-d motion."
"We continued working with kinematics and projectile motion problems. I did see a lot of improvement with her knowing how to start problems. She has her own practice problems to work on. The session was great!"
"We continued working on rotational motion. The student had a large problem set. In particular, we focused on the angular equations of motion and different types of acceleration. He has a quiz tomorrow and I think he will do well."
"Today, the student and I worked on several things. We worked on her physics assignment to be due the next day which involved harmonic motion and pendulum problems. She understood these problems very well and needed very little help after a couple problems. We then started on her physics review for her test next Tuesday. This included subjects such as conservation of energy, momentum, springs, and harmonic motion."
"We covered projectile motion in two dimensions and began to discuss Newton's laws. We focused on example problems and application of the basic equations. Next time we plan to go over some of the exams or quizzes the student has taken recently to help prepare for future tests."
"The student scored relatively a great grade compare the entire class. We went over all the questions she answered wrong including all the questions she didn't get to due to lack of time. I went over the basics with her. I stressed the fact that it is the net force that's equal to the mass multiplied by acceleration. I gave her several pointers as to how to calculate forces and how to resolve them into a set of orthogonal frame of reference. I gave her multiple problems to solve where she took the lead and I guided her. I recommended she practice at home and let me know should she run into road blocks. She has a great potential. She understands quickly. I am sure that her next grade will be much better. In the next session, we will practice applying the 2nd law of Newton. We will practice on resolving forces into different axes and computing the net force acting on an object."
"This morning we reviewed Newton's laws, particularly the 2nd law, in a series of problems regarding forces, equilibrium, friction, tension, and similar applications. The student is having a test this week, and he is pretty well along. More review will certainly help, but he is doing well at setting up problems and using force diagrams to help guide his thinking."
"Today the student and I worked on the rocket project. We discussed all the variables that affect the flight of a rocket and how to write an introduction for a scientific lab report, including all the things he needs to include for his report on his group's rocket construction. I asked him to write a rough draft of the introduction for his lab report, which we will revise next session."
"For our first meeting, we worked through a few homework problems. We covered problem-solving techniques, the relationship between position, velocity and acceleration. We reviewed for her test next Tuesday."
"For this section, we first reviewed forces for physics. She had a worksheet that she was working on. She had a decent understanding of the material, and we discussed problem solving, especially involving finding an answer for two variables with two equations. We spent additional time just doing more problems to get her comfortable with the entire process. After physics, we then did a preview of the next chapter for calculus since she just took a test and did not have any questions or homework that we can work on."