Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we focused on moment of inertia and the parallel axis theorem. The student seems to understand these topics pretty well. We also covered damped simple harmonic motion. I derived the expressions for frequency and we talked about the 3 different types of damping. These subjects are pretty difficult and we will have to go over them again."
"Today we went over the practice problems that were in the review packet that the student's teacher created. Tomorrow we will go over the material that she needs to know in order to get a great grade on the test!"
"During this session we went over chapter 5 and 6 which were on momentum and energy respectively. We went over the questions at the end of the chapter in the book. The student seems to have understood the concepts and was able to do question with very little instructions. Overall this session went well."
"In this session with the student we started preparing for his physics test. First we discussed what the test would be like and types of questions that would be on it. Then we went over the review packet that was provided by his teacher. Topics that were covered included force, acceleration, velocity, momentum, derivatives and integrals."
"For this session we dove into the next chapter, which dealt with R-C Circuits. These problems are very similar to the ones we have previously seen, however they are slightly more difficult."
"As we are approaching the end of the semester, we have started reviewing all the concepts covered in electromagnetism throughout these past few months. During this session, we revisited the use of Maxwell's equations to derive the continuity equation, as well as the wave equation from which we can obtain plane wave solutions. We then looked at these as they propagated inside a waveguide. Finally, we discussed the assumptions we must make to treat the radiation from a moving arbitrary charge distribution as a dipole."
"We discussed and worked on several problems, mostly regarding conservation of momentum in collisions. Then we spent some time in math, on a variety of topics, including median/mode of lists and solving geometric shapes."
"The student and I discussed some problems and strategies to help out on the remainder of his final. Since he now knows that it consists of old AP tests, we went over AP test questions from previous years, to talk about the style of the questions, and strategies for solving different types of problems. We focused on optics and fluids problems, as he has a good understanding of the mechanics material. Doing this should help him do well on the remaining multiple choice section of his final. I was glad to hear that he thought he did well on the free response part, which many students find to be the most difficult."
"Covered electric potential energy, electric potential, and capacitance mostly. Also went over pendulums in preparation for the student's test tomorrow. The student did very well and should have no problem on his test tomorrow."
"The student and I continued to work on Newton's laws, especially focusing on pulley problems, tension problems, and friction problems. We went over the idea of static, versus kinetic, friction in detail, and also talked about the ramp problem, and how to set up free body diagrams for these kinds of problems."
"We covered concepts of gravitational forces, circular orbital motion, and SHM (simple harmonic motion). Then we reworked past homework problems; the student needed some help setting up the problems, but was able to complete the problems with minimal assistance."
"We discussed the general course topics and what the student's problem areas were, so that I could get a better sense of how to structure our sessions. Then we worked through practice problems on projectile motion, force balances, and electrostatic forces. The student struggles with problem solving methodology, but grasps the underlying concepts well. We determined that future sessions will focus on pulley-mass systems, electrostatics, and magnetism."