Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session, the student and I went over some basic 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional kinematics, focusing particularly on projectile motion. He showed me some specific problems that he had been struggling with, and we worked through them together. He is obviously working hard to achieve the level of understanding he desires of his physics coursework, and I am confident that with regular tutoring sessions we can make sure he gets the grade he wants!"
"The student came motivated to learn and knew the concepts that she needed help with. We went over Newton's Laws and Conservation of Energy problems. Mainly, we discussed a method for tackling each problem, as she has no problem computing the correct answer once the equations are set. We discussed reviewing trigonometry as it relates to inclined plane problems on her own time."
"The student has an upcoming Physics test. This session, we focused on electric force of attraction or repulsion, namely F = (Kq1q2/r^2). We also went over the different types of electrical forces specifically friction, contact, and induction. The student has a good understanding of dipole forces and the fact that even in an uncharged bodies (no net charge), the individual charges line up and create fleeting dipole charges by induction. We went over the analogies between the gravitational force between two bodies based on their respective masses and the charge forces. They are analogous and both inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them."
"During this session we focused on electricity. We looked at how electric field is related to the force from an electric field onto a charged object. We also looked at how this relates to kinematics. We also discussed how the change in the electric potential of a point charge is related to work. In this part we also covered how to find the amount of work it takes to assemble a collection of point charges. We also looked at electric field lines and how the number of field lines is proportional to the strength of the electric charge at that point. Then we discussed the value of drawing a diagram of what is happening and to use the diagram to take a step back to look at the big picture and see if there is anything that can be simplified."
"I covered the materials including simple harmonic motion, Hooke's law, potential energy of a spring-mass system, pendulum and basic properties of waves. First, I briefly reviewed the materials for the student and answered any questions he had about concepts. He understood the materials well, but struggled with some problems, so I helped him with practice questions for the test and spent most of the session on them. As he solved problems, I helped him where he struggled as well as provided problem-solving strategies when applicable. He is making steady progress. I was able to cover all the important parts for the test and our session was productive."
"Continued our discussion of force and free-body diagrams working through homework problems. These included objects being pushed, some connected to other objects, and how the motion of affected the connected objects. Reviewed listing known values/variables to choose kinematic equations to solve for specific unknown variable. Discussed and practiced setting up net force equations. There was some confusion as to which forces received negative signs ex. applied force(+) with a tension pulling back(-), and some confusion with how each individual force equation of objects related to the net force. Once the equations were set up appropriately, the student was able to solve easily."
"We reviewed for his test on simple harmonic motion and static electricity. Today, we focused completely on simple harmonic motion. We spent most of the time discussing conservation of energy with pendulums and springs. It took a few examples for the concept of energy conservation to sink in, but by the end of the session, he was able to solve a problem completely on his own. We also did problems with period and frequency, and identifying amplitude, period and frequency from a graph."
"We covered net force as it relates to acceleration and mass. We also covered vector components. She has a test Monday so we will review more tomorrow. She has the rest of her homework to complete to review what we covered today."
"The student was given homework problems to complete in her text book so we completed these together. The questions covered the topics of the ideal gas law and heat energy. The student seemed confident in the material to begin with having only slight issues with manipulating the equations. We reviewed each of the questions together which took the full 1.5 hours. The student will have more practice for us to complete next time together."
"The student worked on a lab write up for a lab that involved setting up three types of circuits that involved the same power source but an increasing number of bulbs for each circuit. The lab tested the flow of charge and how it is different from charge speed and also compared charge flow to volumetric flow rate. He used the new terms and ideas learned in class, which are resistance, current, charge flow, ampere."
"Today we continued our work on torque and translational and rotational equilibrium. The student has a pretty good handle on the formulas and the methodology behind solving the problems. He is struggling a little with some of the trigonometry concepts required to solve them. We did a couple of practice problems to help iron out those issues."
"The student and I covered Bernoulli's equation, electric fields, and dipole moments. He understood all the concepts expressed and showed that he knew how to perform these problems. I stressed the fact of keeping work in vector notation because it is less prone to error. Also I again mentioned the fact of writing down initial conditions and givens on top of the page for reference. Also I expressed the concept of drawing diagrams to better visualize a problem. I let him do a few problems on his own which he was able to solve correctly. If he needed any help I would assist him or give him direction, but without giving him the answer so he would learn the material. Any practice that was left comes from the homework. No concerns, he understands the material well"