Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued our work on torque and translational and rotational equilibrium. The student has a pretty good handle on the formulas and the methodology behind solving the problems. He is struggling with some of the trigonometry concepts required to solve them. We did a couple of practice problems to help iron out those issues."
"Covered Bernoulli's equation, electric fields, and dipole moments. He understood all the concepts expressed and showed that he knew how to perform these problems. I stressed the fact of keeping work in vector notation, because it is less prone to error. I again mentioned the fact of writing down initial conditions and givens on top of the page for reference. Also, I expressed the concept of drawing diagrams to better visualize a problem. I let him do a few problems on his own, which he was able to solve correctly. If he needed any help, I would assist him or give him direction but without giving him the answer so he would learn the material. Any practice that was left comes from the homework. He understands the material well."
"In today's session, we began by working through a homework assignment on Newton's Laws and forces in general. We specifically spent a fair amount of time discussing "elevator" problems, i.e. accelerating/decelerating in various directions and how that relates to the net force on an object. After that, we worked through a range-finding problem, and discussed how to find the most efficient way to solve such problems, since the student's tests are timed. For the last half-hour of our session, we worked on some problems that dealt with applications of calculus concepts to physics problems, such as finding areas under a curve and using derivatives and integrals to relate displacement, velocity, and acceleration in one or two directions."