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IB Physics SL Tutoring FAQ

International Baccalaureate (IB) Physics SL follows a curriculum designed to challenge even the brightest students by asking them to apply their developing skills in many distinct ways. Like most physics curricula, students learn about phenomena such as Newtonian mechanics, electric currents, and various types of forces and fields. In addition, they also design and critique experiments and hypotheses, and complete group projects. These concepts and assignments allow students to better understand the interpersonal communication necessary in today's scientific community.

Perhaps unlike other physics courses, IB Physics SL asks students to demonstrate their knowledge in a cumulative exam format using short-answer questions as opposed to multiple-choice answers or solely numerical answers. Thus, students must understand class material not only enough to calculate a correct answer, but to explain the logic and reasoning that goes into each step of their calculation process. Answering such questions adequately requires a great deal of mental effort and thus a similarly significant amount of preparation. The difficulty of such short-answer questions can be unnecessarily compounded if students do not completely understand class material when it is presented in class, and are forced to review in a panicked manner before their exams. Working with an experienced tutor who has succeeded in his or her own IB Physics SL course can drastically simplify the learning process, saving a student a lot of time, energy, and stress.

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Recent IB Physics SL Tutoring Session Notes

Online IB Physics SL Tutoring review by Dilbagh
For our first lesson, I wanted to gauge the student's strengths and weaknesses while at the same time getting to know him. We went through the material on his old exams to make sure that he understood all the problems he got wrong. After going through that, we did some basic review of certain topics such as memorizing tricky equations, tricks for setting up problems, factor labeling, etc. He quickly corrected any shortcomings he had on his previous exam during this review, and it showed that he really learned from his mistakes. For the remainder of the session, I let him ask questions about topics he found challenging that we hadn't covered.
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Online IB Physics SL Tutoring review by William
Today we continued to review calorimetry, both electrical and thermal. He had questions with dimensional analysis, so we spent some time today reviewing the method employed in the curriculum and the units that they use. We have another scheduled session for Tuesday night and I will be bringing him large amounts of review material for his quarterly test on Thursday.
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Online IB Physics SL Tutoring review by Daniel
We reviewed for her midterm and covered thermal processes, optics, Brewster's angle, polarized light, optically active substances, cone/rod cell function and location in eye, and simple harmonic motion.
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Online IB Physics SL Tutoring review by Mark
We began to do overviews and practice problems for the upcoming exams in May. We started with mechanics equations and graphs, and next week we will be reviewing forces and force diagrams. I will be providing test level practice problems to the session.
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Online IB Physics SL Tutoring review by Bradley
We went over some notes and assignments that she had already done but needed to make sure she understood, like a review. She had mentioned she had a quiz tomorrow over position vs. time and velocity vs. time graphs along with free fall, kinematics, and projectile motion. So we went over questions that were on those topics. I feel that she should be good for the quiz. I will find out more next week about her grades thus far.
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Online IB Physics SL Tutoring review by Emma
During this session we focused on frequency and wavelengths for harmonics. We looked at how find the relationship between wavelength, harmonic, and the length of the tube for a tube with one end closed and a tube with both ends open. Based on this we were able to discuss ways to find frequency if you are given the tube length, the speed of sound, and the harmonic. We also looked at how to find the highest frequency when given a range of possible frequencies. We also looked at how frequency itself is related to the fundamental harmonics and how for a double open tube each resonant frequency is a multiple of the fundamental. We discussed how we could use this knowledge to find the fundamental given two consecutive resonant frequencies.
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