Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued our review of waves today in preparation for the student's upcoming exam. She noted she felt much better about the concepts we went over yesterday, so we moved on to additional wave applications, including the Doppler effect, what causes it, exploration of the effects of compacting and expanding wavelengths, and sonic boom. After this, we moved into applications of waves in musical instruments (standing waves), including applications to stringed instruments, pipe organs, etc. We noted how to determine fundamental and harmonic wavelengths in these instruments and how we would determine the frequency. We also briefly discussed the effect of tension on frequency in string instruments and how to determine this effect. She stated she felt pretty comfortable with these concepts when we finished the session. I think she showed a lot of improvement in this area over the last 2 days; some more practice problems may help her solidify her understanding and truly master the concept."
"Today the student and I worked on interference and diffraction. We went over the basic concepts of how light behaves like a wave. Then we looked at practice problems involving constructive and destructive interference with the classical light-slit experimental setup. We also went over some useful procedures to evaluate when solving physics problems."
"We went over a worksheet. It covered many of the topics that the student was having issues with in our previous sessions. I started out working with him, and slowly moved to him doing most of the problems by himself."
"Today we discussed the construction of free-body diagrams (FBDs) for objects suspended by strings/ropes and we solved problems 13 and 17 in Chapter 5. Next we discussed frictional force and the implementation of static as well as kinetic friction in objects undergoing motion as well as objects in rest; we solved related problems 25, 26, 29, and 32 in Chapter 5. The student picks up the concepts really fast and he understands them well; he just needs a little practice with the mathematical calculations."
"We covered Chemical equilibrium. The student was a little confused with this topic when we started the session. But after we went over a few problem, he really grasped the concepts well. We also went over his homework and he was able to understand the material much better. Overall, this was a great session."
"We reviewed the multiple choice test the student took before this session. She did very well, only missing questions she seemingly just didn't focus on, but knew the concepts for. We talked about multiple choice strategies for test taking to help in times of uncertainty and self doubt. She seemed a lot more focused today. We did a couple of worksheets on the Hardy Weinberg equilibrium equation, and she needed help with identifying parts of it and the math aspect, so I will send her a word problem worksheet so she can practice these skills. We then created a map for the concepts in chapter 23 and talked through the questions for each section. I asked her to do the multiple choice and read the review section for tomorrow's session."