Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed the student's take home practice exam and went over some values that might be important to have memorized for the test. Specifically, we reviewed finding energy, heat and work from PV diagrams, and determining pressure, volume and temperature along adiabatics, isothermals and isobars. Specifically we reviewed the ratio of Cp to Cv (Specific Heat at constant pressure to Specific Heat at constant volume), the Gas constant, and 1 Pascal = 1 Newton/square meter."
"In this section, the student and I went through p-t, v-t and a-t graphs. She has begun interacting more with the concepts in order to solve problems. I left her to finish her review packet before our next session."
"We reviewed for the student's test on Newton's laws today. We talked about what each law meant, and looked at specific problems with constant velocity, accelerated motion, forces at angles, and objects on ramps. We discussed Newton's 3rd law for awhile, to enforce the concept that the equal and opposite forces are on different objects. We also looked at solving Atwood machines with system of equations."
"The student and I went over DC circuits in preparation for his test tomorrow. I helped derive the series and parallel equations, and while I did this, he took notes and asked me questions. We went over some basic examples, and then tried to go over the problems in his test review guide. I assigned him a couple problems from the textbook to do before his test."
"The student was working on corrective lenses and resolution limits (diffraction and otherwise) on this homework set. We talked mainly about definitions and how to fold these ideas in with imaging optics theory."
"Today we talked about circuit analysis. We covered Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Laws, and resistance addition. I created some problems that we worked through. The student did pretty well. She needed some extra help finding the voltage between resistors, so we spent a good portion of the session talking about that."