Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered damped oscillations of the pendulum, calculating the damping coefficient given the initial amplitude, final amplitude after time t, and other properties of the oscillator. We also solved a problem in wave propagation. Student is attacking a relatively complex problem and mapping it to mathematical expression. It is important for the student to understand the concepts. It is also important to get a handle of the underlying algebra, but not calculus. Student is upbeat and highly motivated to crack physics. Strategies included visualization of the solution of complicated differential equations as a proxy to full understanding, and a great next step after defining all terms inf the field. Extra practice suggestion: With this visualization strategy, go back to the theory and start visualizing/ internalizing specific examples talked about in theory."
"We worked on his magnetics. He had no homework so I was able to go through some problems with him. He understands most of the information and is ahead in class. His next exam is on the right hand rule and he should be prepared for it."
"The student and I prepared for her upcoming exam. We went through a practice exam and in doing so discussed Faraday's, Lenz's, and the Biot-Savart laws as well as the right hand rules. Throughout the session I would regularly return to the point that these laws paint a complete picture for electromagnetic induction, where Faraday and Biot Savart give magnitude for induced currents and fields, and Lenz's and the right hand rule give direction. She understands the different laws and knows when to apply them."
"Today's session was devoted to working through a wide variety of physics problems related to the wave equation, the speed of waves in strings (with particular tensions), and energy transfer (power). The student has a solid command over this material now, so we should soon be ready to move on to the next two chapters involving sound and superposition/ standing waves."
"The student has just started a unit on light/ optics so things she covered and we went over are rather generic/ conceptual on things like speed of light, wave nature of light, ray model, etc., so I endeavored to go a bit more in depth on those topics. Her assignment involved colors and how they combine. I expanded on that talking to her how this is related to human color perception."
"The student and I worked on more potential energy and energy conservation problems. I encouraged him to be a little more careful with units and made some suggestions on continuing work to do. He is doing well with this section."