Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed chemical kinetics, equilibrium, and chemical thermodynamics. We began with the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, and how it informs the relationship between activation energy, reaction speed, and temperature. We talked about the physical basis of catalysis. We briefly sidetracked into scientific theory to define "law." We discussed the reversibility of chemical reactions and the 2nd Law of Thermo. We discussed rate laws, especially the rate constant and its meaning. We worked a problem on abstracting the rate law from an experimental table and solving for k. We discussed equilibrium in its three important aspects, then derived the k-eq. We discussed the q and how its relationship to k-eq determined the spontaneity of the rxn as written. We discussed a few examples of how Le Chatelier's principle in linked reactions, pulling nonspontaneous reactions to completion. We discussed the Gibbs equation, the terms comprising it, and how to zero out one term theoretically to understand the others. We also discussed in which situations reactions are spontaneous or work-requiring as written, both mathematically and conceptually."
"We plowed through a number of good math problems. The student would do well to keep practicing word problems that require some type of algebraic expression. The student did one reading comprehension which helped the student see the process more clearly."
"The student and I continued to work on our arithmetic. We finished statistics, exponents, and radicals, before turning to our review of substantive algebra. We got through of all of the algebra substance. Next time, we will decide whether to continue into applied arithmetic or to turn to sentence correction."