Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered several conceptually necessary topics in introductory physics, including work, potential energy, simple harmonic motion (springs), and deriving work-force equations. Concepts and interpretations of problems were the main issues we focused on, but we also discussed problem-solving strategies (solving the equation without numbers first, "plug and chug" vs. interpretation, etc.) as well as overall scientific problem-solving. We also covered vector analysis and cross product vs. dot product interpretations."
"We started on beginning physics. We talked about the equations of motion with constant acceleration and basic kinematics."
"The student and I worked on conservation of energy problems in preparation for her upcoming final. We talked about mass spring systems as well as swinging pendulum systems."
"We covered momentum in detail in this session. The student was really starting to understand momentum, especially how to approach the problems we did together. She took a practice test, and got the vast majority right, with the rare incorrect ones resulting from misreading the question, rather than lack of physics knowledge. I would recommend she read the problems a little slower and take a minute to really understand what the problem is asking. A few times, when she was a little stuck, or inclined to make a guess, I explained what the problem was asking to her and she knew exactly how to approach it. She has been progressing well! Next week we will do some harder problems with momentum and elastic/inelastic collisions, as well as cover the next chapter. If she could bring her tests for the next session, that would be great."
"We covered angular momentum and torque using vector (cross) products; rotational dynamics with pulleys, moments of inertia, conservation of energy, conservation of angular momentum, conservation of torque, with special topic of precession of a gyroscope. The student did not seem to struggle solving problems, however I did go through problems in specific detail so that maximum understanding is possible. He had a great attitude toward the material, and asked good questions. I did show him a technique for solving vector (cross) products, which he may or may not have been versed in, but the technique relies less on memorization, and more on a simplified version of the derivation."
"We discussed the student's exam. She knew how to do each problem, but she may have made several mistakes with forgetting negative signs. We will continue to work on this. We spent the rest of the session on new concepts: the ideal gas law and heat. It was a review for her from chemistry, and she only needed help with a few problems, but understood the concepts after some discussion."