Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the session with a basic, comprehensive math review. This included going over exponents and exponent rules, negative numbers, and dividing by fractions. We also reviewed scientific notation. I went over the physics packet I created for this session. It contains info on unit prefixes, physical constants, MKS to British unit conversions, and four energy formulas. We then worked through some conservation of energy problems. This both familiarized her with the energy equations and with the solution processes and got us started on some actual physics. Finally, we figured out how high the nutritional energy contained in a chocolate bar could launch a 100kg person."
"We covered work and energy. We went over the work energy theorem, conserved and non-conserved forces, potential energy, work, and how work relates to force."
"We worked on homework to study for a test including equilibrium problems, fluids, and angular acceleration/torque/angular momentum problems."
"We went over equivalent resistance for series and parallel circuits, Kirchhoff's rules, the Biot-Savart law, and magnetic force. The student needed help with the right hand role, but it seemed like she started to understand it after a few problems. We discussed her midterm exam; she scored a 92, getting only 2 questions wrong."
"We went over force problems. The student is definitely grasping the core concepts, but when it comes to more involved problems she seems to struggle. It's just a matter of working through more complex problems and learning how to apply basic concepts to them. We will continue to work on this next session."
"We went over forces and Newton's Laws for an upcoming test. The most challenging parts are the sign conventions, it is important to keep track of relative signs, e.g., the force of gravity acting in the opposite direction of a moving elevator. The most important skills with signs is to stay self-consistent and to use common sense. We went over how to draw a force diagram, which helps to keep track of signs and directions of forces. Also to incorporate force into kinematic equations."