Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over new material on momentum, impulse and conservation of momentum. We practiced solving problems that involved material from previous chapters (energy and acceleration due to gravity), and reviewed the difference between impulse and force. We went through the three types of collision problems - elastic, inelastic and explosions. I showed her how to draw a picture before using the equations, and that seemed to help her. She is prepared for her quiz."
"The student and I began the session by reviewing her final that she just got back. She did very well and received an A- on the test. We spent time going over the problems and how she got to the answer. Next, we began covering heat and energy which is the next chapter in her book. We discussed the equations and did problems together. Once she did a few questions with me she was able to complete them on her own with minimal help."
"The student completed a conceptual review worksheet on energy, work, power, velocity, and acceleration. He knew the formulas by heart and has a solid grasp of the conceptual aspect of mechanics. He offered his own take on scenarios involving these quantities and was rather spot on. We worked through some problems, and he has gotten better at setting them up."
"The pupil has a physics test on vectors and velocity Monday. We worked on distance vs. time graphs as well as interpreting velocity vs. time graphs. We also covered vector addition and subtraction while using them to work on velocity and acceleration word problems. He will redo the packet we worked on to practice the material and hopefully set him up to ace the test."
"We continued reviewing free-body diagrams using homework problems. We discussed the difference between mass and weight and how each might vary based on location. We used examples from the text to demonstrate force and the resulting movement of objects in various scenarios. The student was very good at drawing free-body diagrams but had some confusion with the force of gravity. I explained how gravity affects the object and how its vector should be drawn. I also introduced circular motion, velocity and centripetal acceleration."
"The student and I went over all physics review problems for preparation of tomorrow's test. She has a good understanding of physics problems involving equations and formulas."
"Today we mostly worked with Gauss's Law to find the electric field for different geometries: coaxial cables, solid spheres, hollow spheres, etc. He seems to be getting the hang of these basic Gauss's Law problems. We also discussed how to use Gauss's law for a non-uniform electric field. In this case, "Q" must be solved for using an integral. I have definitely seen some improvement and he seems to be a little more comfortable in the class now."
"The student and I went over his lesson on Newton's Third Law. I gave an additional lesson on the concept and we went over several examples I presented as well as some practice exam problems on the tutoring website. His understanding of the concept progressed in the hour we were together. He became able to differentiate forces being equal due to Newton's Second Law as opposed to Newton's Third Law, and was able to correctly identify corresponding Newton's Third Law Pairs. We also discussed several examples in depth covering the construction and utility of a free body diagram."
"We covered kinematic and projectile motion problems. We went over multiple problems of finding the unknown variable and she has improved greatly. She has the rest of her homework to complete."
"The student and I worked primarily on conceptual ideas for this session. She had homework, but it was only two problems so we worked through it pretty quickly, which was really nice because then we could focus our time on the more in depth ideas of what is happening between charged objects. We used the physics classroom and went through 2 or 3 sections of 5 or so questions each. The sessions were all about charged and neutral objects and their behavior towards one another. Eventually the student will use Coulomb's Law to solve for the forces between charged objects, but for now we just talked about how to interact with one another. To prepare her for her upcoming physics classes we went over what a conductor and insulator are. It was a great lesson and super fun to be able to dive deeper into concepts instead of primarily just computation and answers!"
"Concepts: Electromagnetic waves, relation b/t wavelength-frequency-velocity, reflection, refraction, critical angle and total internal reflection. Strategies/ Study skills: We went over some basic relations b/t initial and refraction angle and the indexes of refraction b/t the two mediums."
"Went over Bernoulli's Principle and other fluid mechanics that deal with density, buoyant force, and changes in Volume in a fluid. I told the student to finish the packet for class. I have no concerns."