Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we did final exam review. We covered the second semester of the course, including springs, magnetism and electricity."
"Introduction to physics, scientific method, steps of. Alternative hypothesis vs null hypothesis, what theory means to scientists. Scalars vs vectors, Newton's 3 Laws of motion."
"We did a few problems on uniform circular motion and rotational dynamics -- torque, conservation of angular momentum, angular acceleration vs. linear acceleration, etc. The student has improved significantly throughout the year. He could still benefit from taking a slightly more open-ended approach to problem solving by brainstorming -- writing down some things that aren't necessarily going to help solve the problem but that might shed light on the problem (e.g. diagramming, writing equations that are relevant to the general topic), etc. The brain's creative and critical/logical functions both play important parts in problem solving. Most people are more inclined toward one or the other, but with some awareness and practice either can be improved. I emailed him a list of some physics problems."
"The student understands a lot of the concepts of the physics and can do the math well. There are a few reasoning steps he needs to be guided through, which is a skill developed with time. We worked on a static friction problem with a person on a car and a vectors question where a person was moving with a compass."
"We spent the majority of the session on new physics concepts, and ended with a review of her last algebra quiz. We went over her PowerPoint slides on chapter 3: Newton's law of inertia, and mass. We talked conceptually about the differences between inertia, mass and weight, and she did a great job of "putting herself into the problem" to analyze problems. We also discussed equilibrium. We ended with a review of SOHCAHTOA for algebra, and using right triangles to find trig functions given another function. She is prepared for her upcoming physics test."
"We looked into revised problems from the center of mass topic. Then we went on to rotational kinematics. We solved several problems involving motion on an incline which includes rotation without slipping. Finally we looked at the motion of a bowling ball which initially slips but finally rotates without slipping. We realized that the kinematic friction force initially slows the bowling ball down and speeds up the rotation, but later, when the slipping stops, the bowl will move indefinitely. The student is quickly picking up the new subject and is ready to launch ahead of class."