Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed optics. I utilized my standard approach, mapping the math and physics concepts onto the student's life experience as a sighted human. I began by discussing the math involved in the focal length equation, and then emphasized the conceptual understanding that can accelerate optical problem-solving. We discussed the basics of wave propagation and reflection. We discussed plane mirrors and the Law of Reflection, discussing how to define theta, and how to apply that Law to curved mirrors. We discussed the definitions of the various optics distances and the definition of focal points, and what a negative distance means. We discussed how to recognize and simplify divergent systems and classify the example divergent optics. We then discussed ray diagrams in the context of convergent systems and how the relative size of o, f, and 2f determine the behavior of convergent optics. The student seemed okay with finding common denominators, and really seemed to cotton quickly to the real-world example-optics-based conceptual understanding approach, mapping her knowledge onto her experience well. She was able to get how to draw ray diagrams relatively quickly, even when some of the rules led to non-standard rays."
"In this session, we comprehensively went over momentum, conservation of energy, work, and dot products. I introduced him to many trick questions and concepts that may trip him up in his following quiz or tests. He seems to be picking up the information great."
"We went through his homework. He is currently going through electric fields in class and he had homework on the subject. He seemed confident with the subject so I let him work through most of them with a little guidance when he had questions. There were some new types of questions that we looked at. We then looked at some questions that I had available on Electric force and electric Field."