Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered Shear stress and strain. The student mentioned that the problem we went over the most this past week was on his quiz, and he got it! So, I'm really glad we went over it. Tonight's session was new material."
"We started with a brief introduction to Coulomb's Law and how to analyze simple charge configurations. Discussed homework for Coulomb's Law specifically and the student was able to handle it quite easily."
"This week, the student and I began by focusing on the material for her upcoming test. Her last test score was an 85, so she has developed confidence in her skills which I could tell in her work this week. We discussed problems that dealt with the different gas laws of chemistry. She shows improved understanding in these and has memorized all of the gas laws. In addition, we discussed converting between different measures for pressure and how to go about solving some of the more conceptual questions as opposed to the strictly mathematical questions that may be posed to her. We have another session before her test is scheduled, so we planned on reviewing a bit more then as well. We then moved on to some of the new material being covered in her chemistry class. This mostly focused on the electromagnetic spectrum and the relationship between frequency and wavelength. I had her solve some problems I set up and define what category of light each would fall into. We then looked ahead in her notes to discuss the different models of the atom and some quantum theory as applied to chemistry to make sure she was prepared for the next week. All in all, she is doing very well with the concepts as they come up."
"In this session, we went over Mohr circle and the transformation of principal stresses. The student was unsure about how to solve Mohr circle problems, but she was able to draw Mohr's circle from normal stresses and shear stresses at the end of this session. She was also able to solve for principal stresses, as well as transformed stresses. We will work on how to solve Mohr circle problems in our next session."
"In this tutoring session, we used our understanding of linear equations from algebra and the concept that the area under the curve of independent variable vs. slope graph gives information about the graph of the independent variable vs. the dependent variable to derive 3 of the 4 fundamental kinematics equations. We actually ended up doing this derivation twice. The second time, it was a problem with a more rigorous basis in algebra, as it made things clearer for the student. This method of derivation is used frequently in advanced physics courses, so I felt that going through it a second time for additional clarity was worthwhile. This however, made it impossible to make it through the examples that I had prepared. The next tutoring session devoted to physics should focus on methods to use these equations to solve kinematic problems."
"In today's class, we covered the logic circuit: How to get a truth table from a logic expression; how to draw a logic circuit from a logic expression; how to interpret a bubble in the circuit. We reviewed the parallel and series resonant RLC circuit and highlighted the difference between the series and parallel ones. We reviewed how to determine the center frequency and half power frequency in the resonant circuit. At last, we reviewed the ideal op-amp formula derivation and voltage follower. The student will have a final this Friday. He has prepared well for his final through these online sessions with me."