Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed physical energies today. We discussed friction and how it relates to the normal force, and how to figure out its size based on the phase of motion. I led the student through the derivation of the formula for the component of gravity down the plane, and we covered how to use a shorthand mnemonic to identify all the forces in the free-body diagram. We discussed work, momentum, and heat, and went over how they relate. I also worked to simplify and streamline the student's understanding of energy and work. We discussed the formula for the work done by a force with my usual 4-fold analysis. We quickly reviewed the trig functions, especially cosine, showing how the most important relationships are parallel, perpendicular, and antiparallel. I used a graphical representation to show how concepta can be simplified by relating the angle between force components and the velocities. The student worked very hard today, and she made quite a bit of progress. I assigned her to read through the remaining content in the chapter."
"We completed passages from the website that included acid/ base buffering systems, pKa of amino acid groups, thermal physics and mass spectrometry using E&M concepts. Overall, while she did well in most of the questions that we covered, she had some difficulty with the thermal physics passage and differentiating various thermal processes (isobaric, isochoric, adiabatic) and determining the charge of an amino acid with the given pKa's of the functional groups and the pH of the surroundings. Since first starting with this student, I have noticed a definite improvement in her ability to interpret passages more quickly, and her content base has improved as well. I believe that she will do well on her exam and I wish her the best of luck."