Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked thermodynamics problems with heat transfer rates, and talked extensively about the concepts behind the first law of thermodynamics and how it is actually applied. Our focus was on determining how to combine intuitive reason with mathematical rationalization of problem solution. After seeing solutions put into practice, the student began to catch on to the solution rationale. Further problem sets will determine his actual comfort with the material."
"In this session we primarily reviewed stoichiometric calculations. Beyond that, we went over oxidation-reduction reactions and balancing of equations. I gave the student a preview of thermodynamics through reaction energy diagrams, as this will be on her next exam, and particularly focused on the individual parts of the reaction energy diagram. She is picking up the material well."
"His class is on Chapter 5 of his textbook, which deals with loads, centroids and calculating reactions to the loads. I explained the problems to him, as the material resembles what I learned as a physicist. We managed to solve them and he understood those problems and related concepts completely now."
"The student's next test is on 3-d kinematic motion. So we spent most of the session working through a couple of difficult problems. Most of what I did was to direct the student in his problem solving. As we worked through problems and I looked through his book, I noticed that all of his problem sets and past sample questions fall into several standard problems. We discussed how to change his study strategy for this test to learn how to address these specific types of problems."
"Today's class was focused around force equilibrium problems. This combined many principles from last class such as forces at angle, kinetics, etc. While there was little new material, the problems the student dealt with in his homework incorporated topics that went way back to the beginning of the year. One such area that proved tricky for him was vectors, but ultimately he understood that force is dealt with like any other vector and one must account for its magnitude and velocity. Overall, I felt very good that today's class connected everything he had learned in physics so far."
"We went over Ch 16 together. This covered acids and bases. We went over the three categories of acids and bases and the differences between each. We also went over strong acids and bases and weak acids and bases. We looked at the autoionization of water and how to calculate Kw. We practiced some problems as well."