Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed solenoids, magnetism, right-hand rule, and got into some early F = BIl problems and also problems involving cutting an area of a magnetic field to induce current. We reviewed the problem of a trolley with a rectangular loop of wire entering a magnetic field at a uniform rate, progressing into the center of the field, and then exiting, concentrating our answers on magnitude of current and direction of current produced."
"We finished the section on fluids, which primarily consisted of defining and using Bernoulli's Equation and Bernoulli's Principle. We briefly talked about fluid viscosity as well. After the discussions of Bernoulli's, we worked some problems. Lift, pressure, head pressure, and fluid velocity problems all went relatively smoothly. We talked about some of the assumptions that needed to be made to solve the equations, and the student did very well at applying her knowledge effectively."
"During this session, we solved different problems on multiple topics that the student had selected and wanted to review from previous Physics exams. These questions covered different topics such as mechanics, electricity, and waves. We reviewed the methods that can be used to solve these various questions. In addition, we discussed some of the formulas, the parameters involved in these formulas and the ways in which they can be applied. We also reviewed some concepts related to magnetism such as the polarity of magnets, Faraday's law, and Lenz's law of induced current. We also solved some questions on the topic of magnetism in order to apply the concepts reviewed."
"In this session, we reviewed the topics that we covered last time by discussing the concepts and working related problems. We also covered new topics including gravitational forces, momentum, and impulse and worked problems on those subjects."
"We covered uniform circular motion (when both radius of curvature and speed remain constant), sources of centripetal force (gravity, the coulomb force, friction, tension force), the formula for centripetal acceleration, roller coaster problems, torque, the sign convention for counterclockwise and clockwise torque, the definition of the radial arm, static equilibrium, contact forces, and how to apply Newton's Second Law to both forces and torques."
"The student has a test tomorrow. We worked through practice problems, both from his teacher and from a practice AP exam I brought. He is doing well. I left him with some extra practice problems."
"The student and I covered topics in 1-D kinematics. We also covered how to dissect word problems and how to decide the best way to approach a topic. I gave her sources for extra practice. She seems to understand the material well."
"We went over kinematics problems, specifically constant acceleration problems. She said she will prepare for her test tomorrow by practicing using a large packet of problems from school."
"Today we worked on calculating velocity homework problems. The student had made a 95 on his classwork assignment, and had completed his homework, so I checked it for accuracy. We spent some time discussing strategies for success in his class; Tips like communicating with the teacher and making sure he understands how the teacher grades calculations, how many points for work shown, units, etc., which can be helpful in increasing his scores. At this point, he isn't struggling. Linear motion is pretty basic. I did not leave him any extra practice at this time."
"The student and I covered kinematics, specifically free-fall motion, graphical analysis and word problems. She did a great job, especially with knowing which formula to apply to certain problems. I gave her notes and practice/example problems to read and try on her own."
"We spent the majority of our time covering significant figures , as they were stressed by her professor. I provided her with some rules and examples to clarify the points. We then spent a good amount of time working through unit conversions and conversion factors."
"We discussed vector math and relative motion problems. He has raised his overall grade to an 86. He is having no primary issues at this time. Monday he begins a new unit. We also discussed his lab, and his data analysis was very well executed."