Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we spent the majority of our session working on kinematics. We reviewed the concepts of acceleration and velocity and displacement. We also went over the concepts of average velocity and instantaneous velocity. We worked on practicing with vectors and did several practice problems utilizing the kinematic equations for one-dimensional motion."
"The student's enthusiasm for learning science, art, etc. is filled with curiosity. It was and will be a joy to work with him. He has a solid foundation to build on. He comprehends physics quite thoroughly. He is very precise and neat with his homework. I want to carry this over to his note taking, which can be more organized and efficient. I suggested using a specific note taking method to address this and I believe he will be more efficient at comprehension when he is mindful about notes. He is currently working on momentum and impulse in an algebra-based physics course. The only issues, which was resolved during the session, was being mindful about axis orientation and vector directions. He will continue to practice addressing these issues at the start of a problem."
"We covered the a few new physics concepts. Since the student had a math test last week, we were unable to really dive in to the new concepts as well as I would have hoped. She went over elastic collisions and was introduced to heat and internal energy. I hoped there would be more time to go over the concepts and would strongly recommend booking additional sessions from now on as she needs help in two classes."
"Today, we wrapped up geometric optics with upper division methods to handle ray path tracing and then began relativity. Specifically, we looked at the lens maker equation and the matrix method for ray tracing. Then, we covered Einstein's postulates, reference frames, and Galilean/Lorentz transformation."
"We continued to cover uniform circular motion. We also covered Newton's law of gravity and Kepler's laws of planetary motion. The student had a little trouble with relating circular and linear motion. We did several practice problems, and the student was more comfortable with the material after that."
"We continued working with problems of Newton's laws, adding friction and dealing with its implications both on flat surfaces and inclined planes. We then got into the definition of a radian and talked about aspects of motion in a circle, which is where we will pick up next week."