Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered the Doppler Effect, wave motion, and conceptual questions involving wave mechanics. I was happy to hear that he feels stronger in this subject now and it shows. It seems he needs less and less help, but nonetheless he enjoys the sessions. I will continue to emphasize the conceptual side of the physics, since he is already quite strong in the math."
"Today's session was based on environmental pollution factors and how to minimize them. We talked about different ways to use/recycle everyday items to minimize the impact on the environment, and we looked at ways to increase insulation efficiency. Plus, this gave a chance to demonstrate how even the best intentions can have a negative outcome. This shows how all sciences are nothing more than an evolution of thought and application. What we knew yesterday only shows how much we really don't know. Next week we will cover the basics of astronomy."
"We covered half reactions, oxidation and reduction reactions, and electrolytic reactions. The student determined which elements are cathodes and anodes in chemical battery reactions and balanced and wrote complete reactions after combining reactions."
"The student and I worked on problems dealing with gravitational forces, calculating them for different planets and masses, comparing them, and using centrifugal forces, as well."
"The student and I worked on problems involving the forces that charges exert on each other. I showed her how to sketch the forces in a way that makes it clearer which charges are acting in each case. This really helped her. She has made a lot of progress in applying the right hand rule, and I don't think we need to work on it too much more."
"The student and I worked on qualitative analysis, basics on rate law, solubility product expression, and pH (Henderson-Hasselbalch equation). Specifically, she needed to understand how to calculate the Ksp, pH, and answer questions on the basics of rate law and order of reaction, and how to determine the rate constant expression for a reaction, and also how to calculate the pH of the solution given the pKa of the weak acid."