Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's course is working on optics right now, but will be progressing very rapidly into electronics over the next week or so. We did some HW problems dealing with refraction, and I went over diffraction, interference and Lloyd's mirror phase change problems, as well. We previewed transistors, LEDs and also discussed MRI technology."
"We finished our discussion of Thermodynamics by working both conceptual and calculation problems. We then began discussing waves and sound. We covered the anatomy of a wave, the physical properties of sound waves, and the equations that model sound. We ended by touching on the Doppler Effect, which we will work examples of in the next session."
"We actually worked principally on pre-calculus problems with finding equations for circles, lines, and so on. The student picked things up very quickly and I am sure she will have no trouble if the questions are similar to the ones she showed me."
"We went over more projectile and uniform circular motion problems. The student is ready for his test. He knows when to apply the equations for circular motion and has gotten much better at drawing and analyzing force diagrams."
"Today we covered kinematics, including projectile motion in preparation for his quiz tomorrow. I taught the student the basics of kinematic equations including how to find initial and final velocities, range, and time of flight. This included algebra and geometry concepts."
"The student had a pop homework quiz last Friday on the homework from Thursday. We also worked on free body diagrams when forces are applied at angles."
"We worked on the rest of the student's online homework assignment. She is starting to understand the concept of vector components of velocity and how to differentiate between given variables. We are going to meet again on Sunday to study for her test."
"Work-Energy Theorem problems. Discussed how to interpret and solve problems relating to work (e.g.. How much work was done when a 100N force was applied over 1m? W=Fd so W = 100J). We worked on how to solve a problem when a force is applied at an angle (e.g.. How much work was done to an object when 100N of force was applied at a 46 deg angle to the horizontal over 1m?). Depending on the information you are given in the problem you use W = F x sin(theta) or W = F x cos(theta)."
"In this session, we went over a few homework assignments covering forces. The student seemed to have a good understanding of the basic concepts. She needed a few pointers on how to solve a problem or two, but nothing major. We also looked ahead to a few problems over topics that she will be covering next week in class."
"We covered circuits in detail, going over resistors, capacitors and the Kirchhoff rules. We went through examples that the student had brought from her class and also from the textbook. She was struggling with simplifying the more complicated circuits and we went over strategies to go over that. For extra practice, she had more problems on her computer to go over and practice."
"Went over rotational physics problems as well as problems from previous session that were still unclear. Everything went well and it looks like the student is comfortable with the problems and any variations being made by the teacher or web-resource."
"Today the student and I reviewed projectiles (horizontal and angled) for the test student has tomorrow. Normally meet on Fridays, but since the test was on Friday, the client requested we meet on Thursday. The student and I reviewed keeping horizontal and vertical values separate for projectiles, and what values to use in what equation. Before the 9-week test, it would be worth reviewing this concept again."