Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Mondays are our Physics days. We worked on Coulomb's law, in preparation for the student's "quest." We worked on some problems from the book and made sure he understood the concepts. He proved to know how to manipulate the equation pretty well and had a good understanding of how to calculate the electric force. He has been getting a good grasp on electrostatics and manipulating these equations. Next time, we'll be going over electric fields."
"The student only had one homework problem she needed help with, and that problem was a trigonometric problem involving the right triangle for her physics class. She didn't have any other assignments to do. After going over that homework problem, I decided to lecture her on the material that her teacher was going to cover this Thursday, which is Energy. I discussed many of the concepts of Energy, including work, kinetic and potential energy, power, and conservation of energy. I also explained the math behind them, pointing out the important formulas that she will need to remember. Then we moved on to do related problems from her textbook so that she could practice what she learned about Energy."
"Last night, we covered Thermodynamics and some of his fluids class. Specifically, we covered temperature scales and conversion, then work, energy, and power in review for his upcoming quiz. After that, we went over his fluids assignment for half an hour."
"We got the student's magnetic motor running, went over the lab questions, and drew some figures to explain how it works. We also talked about how the Lorentz force helps to understand it. I think she has a good idea of why it spins, and how our choice for the exposed half of the wire determines the preferred spin direction. We also started designing an experiment to measure the strength of an electromagnet. We started with the hypothesis that the strength is directly proportional to the number of turns of wire around an iron nail, and designed the experiment to test that. Specifically, we will see how much weight of paperclips a magnet can hold, and graph that against the number of loops of the magnet."
"We discussed study techniques for learning reading MRI and the importance of studying by body region rather than MRI imaging technique. We looked at tendon and ligament tears of the shoulder and knee. I also explained the importance of setting up a deadline for yourself by test date or benchmarks to learn and remember the material."
"We went over total impedance of a RLC circuit, with the proper signs. Also Lorentz transformations, using matrix notation. Briefly discussed the conservation of energy and momentum using relativistic particles, e.g.. nuclear decay. We went over the student's equations and their meanings and different forms. Also worked through a problem involving a charged particle in an external electric and magnetic field, cyclotron frequency."