Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered forces today. She was fast in picking up and understood what was being taught. However, she was sometimes not familiar with what was taught in class because she was not present. She is however an excellent student."
"Motion in 1 dimension on d-t, v-t, and a-t diagrams. Projectile motion calculations. A more thorough explanation than the student gets in class is very helpful. She is pretty sharp and with a little help she gets it."
"We went over the exam review for the student's upcoming physics test on Thursday. She got an A on her last Algebra quiz and Physics quiz."
"We continued to work through problems with objects moving linearly. We practiced finding the average velocity and average speed of an object given its position function as well as when given its velocity vs. time graph. We practiced using the equations of motion for objects moving with constant acceleration. We went through the relationship between the position, velocity, and acceleration functions for an object in linear motion, both graphically and using functions. We looked at how to take the integral of the acceleration function and a specific velocity and position for a given time to find the equations for velocity and position. Lastly, we reviewed how to solve problems for objects in free fall. The student is doing better working with the equations of motion once he is able to determine if they can be used, and he is doing better remembering how to use derivatives and integrals to go between the position, velocity, and acceleration functions."
"We went over the two remaining tests in the unit. We went over resistors in circuits, how to calculate the equivalent resistance for resistors in series (Re=R1+R2), and in parallel (1/Re=1/R1+1/R2). We also went over modern physics, the dual nature of light, both wave-like and particle-like. The energy of a massless particle, photons, is E=hf, where h is Planck's constant and f is frequency. The energy of particles with a rest mass is E=mc^2. Using those equations, one can solve for energy from a given amount of mass, or for the frequency or wavelength of light from the energy."
"We went through all 10 of the student's homework problems he was having trouble with. Subjects varied from inclined planes, which I reviewed and showed him a shortcut to, all the way to circular motion and normalized forces."