Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met to review for her upcoming test over the chapter that covers rotational motion. We reviewed, in particular, the rotational momentum problems. The student also reworked homework problems that involved torque, moment of inertia, momentum, angular velocity and acceleration."
"Today we spent the majority of our session working on problems involving induced magnetic fields. We looked at several examples including problems dealing with magnets inducing currents and flux in wires , and current carrying wires inducing flux on other wires. We also considered the force of these fields and movement of wires within the field."
"The student and I continued discussing the concept of waves. We focused on the general properties of electromagnetic radiation and then moved on to drawing ray diagrams for mirrors and lenses. She is consistently able to absorb information and repeat it back to me in her own words, demonstrating her command of the material. Great job!"
"We worked through a few word problems dealing with angular motion. The first one did not require calculus; however, the second one did. The student seemed to understand how to solve the problems."
"The student and I covered standing waves and sound waves. She is doing well. Her attitude was active and enthused."
"During this session we covered magnetism. We discussed the two right hand rules and how to use them. We also discussed the convention of how magnetic field is drawn when it is going in and out of the board and how to easily remember which one is which. We discussed how to find the magnetic field around a single wire with a current as well as a solenoid. We also discussed how to find EMF using Faraday's law on induction as well as determining the direction of current in a closed loop that has an induced current due to changing magnetic field."
"We went through some more magnetic problems focusing on being able to calculate the magnetic field generated by a current in a wire in various shapes such as simple loops, coils of loops, or just a straight wire. We also practiced using the right hand rules to determine if magnetic fields generated by multiple wires would add or subtract at certain points. Lastly we went through a few problems that used concepts from previous chapters such as gravitational force in combination with magnetic and electrical forces exerted on a particle to determine the net force on it. The student is doing very well using the right hand rules to determine direction of a force or magnetic field. In addition, he is able to combine different versions of the right hand rules to solve multi-step problems in a magnetic field."
"This session focused on mechanics. We went through the concepts of work and conservation of energy, and we looked at online homework problems covering those areas. These problems tend to have more information than needed to solve them. So that might be holding the student back. I showed her how to use the work formulas to solve those problems and that went well. In the last half of the session, we went through conservation of energy where I showed her how to set up the formula and then solve from there. She was able to understand the set up."
"We covered a review session for a physics test today. We covered all major concepts on high school level for electrostatics. Topics included calculating charges, describing atomic polarity, describing voltage, current, and resistance, and how to calculate all three. We also covered some algebra topics for factoring third degree polynomials."
"I checked out the student's physics binder which was in relative order. We went through the work she had to do to catch up from her missed day as well as the normal work on heat and energy. She understood most of it but there were a couple specific cases that I gave a few examples for in order to clarify what was going on. I also tried to get a sense of what the class was like and what parts aside from the actual concepts might be giving her trouble."
"Completed web hw over special relativity. Focused on time dilation and length contraction and the respective formulas for each. Discussed the constancy of the speed of light in a vacuum and the relative nature of movement."
"The student and I went over the majority of one of three midterm practice exams. A few concepts he needed help with, as well as some equations not given in the equation sheet. Of the problems we covered he was able to do half of them by himself - which he did before our session. Covering these practice exams with him, emphasizing the equations and how to manipulate them, and remembering the chapter concepts are my goal for each session."