Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the chapter on impulse and momentum. I emphasized the similarities between these concepts and energy in a previous chapter. We also went over 3 homework problems and I noticed the best way for her to learn is to reinforce what she learns in class with weekly tutoring sessions."
"The student and I worked on problems with magnetism, magnetic forces, and magnetic torques. We dealt with the right hand rule for forces. He was an eager and energetic student."
"During our session, the student and I reviewed various concepts relating to current electricity and circuits from her online Physics Classroom. She recently let me know that she got an A- on an exam we reviewed for, which was great to hear as we started by talking about some of the few problems she missed. We then went into the first topic she wanted to review, which was the difference in the behavior of series and parallel circuits. She had a lot of conceptual questions to answer from her classwork, and we worked through each one using formulas or principles of electromagnetism to explain phenomena that were observed during labs or described in thought experiments. The student understood all of the concepts very well as we both worked through explaining certain problems, and she recalled the key laws of physics or fundamentals of circuits from my explanations perfectly when she was summarizing the answer to a question back to herself."
"Today, the student and I covered a new topic. This was an introduction to thermodynamics and required a different approach than any previous topics. We had a brief discussion of what temperature is defined as, how it is measured, and what units of measurement are used. She learned about the zeroth law of thermodynamics, thermal expansion, the ideal gas law, humidity, and vaporization. She is understanding new topics quickly, and I believe she will do well on her exam."
"Today, the student and I talked all about angular momentum. We did problem set 8 until we ran out of problems, and then we moved on to problem set 9 and got most of them done. The course has been completely overtaken by content, so it'll be lots of exams from here to the end, so hopefully, everything goes smoothly. I'll see next right before her final exam."
"Today, the student and I went over centripetal forces. To start, I checked on his knowledge of limiting reagents from chemistry, and he did very well. Then I reviewed the centripetal force equations and worked through 3 common examples: sling problems, Ferris wheel/ drives, and going around banked and unbanked curves. In each case, I showed how to break up the problem into free body diagrams, and then we solved in general for the velocity. After the banked curve, I finished with a derivation of Kepler's law of motion. He gets the material quickly and keeps pace with the information really well. In order to complete all the subjects in physics, I am increasing the number of sessions per week. He also had that same idea. We will be meeting on Wednesday to go over torque and hopefully to begin studying energy."