Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student took an exam on the material we had been covering for the last few sessions, and she received a high A. Since we covered that chapter very thoroughly, we moved on to her next chapter on harmonic motion and vibrations. We covered the concepts of this section while we took some visual notes to help her understand what was going on in various situations. I suggested that she use wave motion of the ocean as an example of harmonic motion since it is the most obvious example of how physics comes into play with harmonic motion. We discussed transverse and longitudinal waves, simple pendulums, reflection, refraction, and diffraction. Our previous discussions of velocity helped her understand how we measure velocity of a wave, and we related all concepts to useful equations for calculations. Since the student does not have a lab portion to accompany her physics course, I told her I would set up a simple demonstration of harmonic motion using a pendulum where we can make some calculations to relate real-world applications of what we are learning in this chapter. Also, there are multiple helpful physics simulations online that can help her visualize what is happening in various situations since not all of these examples are clearly visible in every-day applications. Next week, we will start doing some sample problems on the material and play around with the simulators to allow her to really grasp the concepts and their relationship to mathematical applications."
"The student worked on more torque and rotational dynamics problems. When the student seemed to struggle, I assisted and walked her through the problem."
"The student reviewed for her upcoming test covering the gas laws, Charles', Boyle's, Graham's, Avogadro's, Gay-Lussac's, the combined gas law, the ideal gas, and how temperature, pressure and volume is affected when one of the three properties of a gas are changed. She worked on a review packet that included both multiple choice and short answer questions."