Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered springs and pendulums and wave behavior. He was struggling the most with pendulums, but not very much. He seemed to understand the material once it was explained to him. I told him to make sure that he always includes units while doing calculations, since they can help reduce mistakes. He still has some more of his review packet that we skipped over."
"We went over new material on momentum, impulse and conservation of momentum. She needed some help solving problems that involved material from previous chapters (energy and acceleration due to gravity), and some help with understanding the difference between impulse and force. We went through the three types of collision problems - elastic, inelastic and explosions. I showed her how to draw a picture before using the equations, and that seemed to help her. She seems prepared for her quiz."
"The student worked on the force diagrams and sum of forces for three labs her instructor performed in class. We looked at the forces acting on a object rolling up an incline and down an incline, with and without friction as well as another look at a cart pulley system to find the tension in the cord and the acceleration of the system."
"We worked through an LRC circuit. The student had a little trouble figuring out when to use the time-dependent forms of voltage and current and when to use the RMS value, but she seemed to figure it out. We talked about voltage and current in all the different components of an LRC circuit and applied a number of equations. She has a final exam today covering this material, and she seems to have more clarity on the topics."
"Although my student has a physics and a math test on Wednesday, he is feeling very confident in math, so we talked exclusively about physics for a second consecutive session. Today, we worked on some select problems regarding motion in the y-direction that were trickier than ones we'd worked on in the past. He initially needed a little bit of help with the problems but ended up getting the hang of them quickly and could do his work with little issue towards the end of the session. He seems to be understanding the fundamentals of physics well thus far. Tomorrow, we will likely do more physics questions in preparation for his test, and then do a quick review of limits and continuity."
"Concepts: Force equations using friction, The Solving System, free body diagrams, Fnet equations - ma and sum of all forces, friction - kinetic vs static, normal force. Struggling with: setting up the problems, normal force, friction - static vs. kinetic Attitude: The student was a bit tired at first, but after she started understanding the concepts better, she was more awake and talkative in solving her practice problems. Strategies: Solving System for force problems: set up Want/Have/How, set up free body diagram, set up the Fnet equations in x and y direction. Extra Practice: Finish the last problems on the practice problem sheet. Wins: The student was much more confident in solving the last couple of equations than she was at the start. She is starting to understand how physics is about learning a process to solve problems."