Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to review for her midterm. Tonight we focused on radiation and decay problems, balancing equations, calorimetry, naming compounds and gas laws. Tomorrow we will focus on limiting reagent problems, calculating excess reagent and empirical formulas."
"During this session we worked on reviewing for the student's upcoming quiz on stoichiometry. We mainly focused on how to write equations given the reactants, how to calculate the theoretical yield given the amount of reactants used, how to figure out the limiting reactant and excess reactant, and how to find percent yield. With the limiting and excess reactants we also looked at how to find out how much of the excess reactant is left over at the end of the reaction. We also discussed ways of organizing the solution to the problem to make it easier to solve."
"The student and I studied the concept of impulse and how to calculate the magnitude of an impulse created by both constant forces. We also talked about forces that change linearly with time and the resulting change in velocity. We also reviewed how to calculate the net force in each coordinate direction."
"We covered rate laws and kinetics. The student needed help to understand some of the problems, but overall he knew most of the material. However, once I explained the problems or worked one out for him, he understood very well. Overall, this was a great session."
"We covered kinetics and understanding how the numbers apply to the problem. The student was diligent and gained insights into the problem. I taught her to see work as the change in displacement -- the initial distance minus the final distance. She was proactive about understanding all facets of problem solving."
"Today we spent a lot of time on molecular orbital theory. We compared it to what we worked on during our last meeting, when we covered orbital hybridization. I think our lesson today really cleared up MO theory for the student. We also related this material back to the material that covered work functions and the wave nature of light. Towards the end, we worked on problem solving using the ideal gas equation, focusing on when to use different forms of the gas constant, R. We plan to meet once next week, or possibly twice if the week's material is exceedingly difficult."