Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on principles of simple machines, such as, pulleys, levers, mechanical advantage, work, kinetic energy, and potential energy. We worked on the worksheet together. He was not afraid to ask questions and we seemed to work well together. We did examples together and he felt confident that he could finish his homework. I was very impressed with his math skills."
"We went over some questions he had on new material with electrostatics and circuits. We spent most of the session on determining voltage and current in complicated circuits, but we also discussed capacitors, potential energy, and transmission lines with transformers. He seems very interested in the material and understands the concepts well. I suggested trying another circuit after I left for practice."
"Student and I covered a couple more multiple step projectile problems in preparation for his extra credit exam tomorrow. I also gave him some quick and simple equations for those types of problems to hopefully help him with his exam. He is very fixated on plugging and chugging equations, because he's still comprehending what the equations are doing. I continue to reiterate the equations are applicable to linear motion. So for parabolic motion, both equations must be used. He just needs to keep plugging at it, as this material can be difficult but it is very fundamental to physics."
"During this session we worked on identifying a projectile as an object which has been launched and whose motion is affected only by gravity (ignoring air resistance). We analyzed the motion of a projectile by breaking its velocity and acceleration vectors into horizontal and vertical components. We applied motion equations to solve for a projectile that has been launched at angles from the horizontal. He only briefly struggled with applying concepts and properties of parabolic motion to physics problems. We talked about how everything comes to a stop when thrown straight up, and this helped us springboard into using these quantities to help us solve the kinematic equations. I offered to supply him with additional problems if he thinks he needs them; although, he is doing well with his current material. The last problem set we worked on was completely correct and we even caught a mistake made by his teacher. He really knows his stuff!"
"He and I looked over magnetism concepts, like when calculating the magnetic field inside a solenoid, n is 1/(length per turn), the force that a magnetic field exerts on wire with current is F=iLB, a wire of infinite length and with a current generates a magnetic field of B=(permittivity constant)*pi/2*(distance from wire), and a magnetic field applies torque on a current carrying loop T = iABsin(angle) -- angle between the plane of the current carrying loop and the magnetic field."
"He is reviewing kinematics, both free fall and projectile motion. We covered some of his lecture material on the subjects, mainly to identify the appropriate relationships and equations. Then, we attempted his homework problems, including vector combinations and resolution, free fall calculations, rebound problems, and projectile reasoning. His reasoning and analysis seem positive, and he was receptive to suggestions about approaches to solution. We completed his homework successfully."