Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed simple harmonic motion using springs and pendulums. We discussed the components of Hooke's Law and how they can be used to predict movement. We then compared the placement of mass on spring and pendulum and how potential energy, kinetic energy, and velocity were related at each position. The student was able to predict maximum and minimums of said components. Also, we reviewed period and what parts of a spring/pendulum affect period length. The student worked through examples in the book to reinforce the concepts. We also reviewed proportional and exponential relationships and how changes in a system could affect totals. He has an upcoming test next week, and seemed to have a strong grasp on topics covered. I made sure to discuss the importance of drawing out free-body diagrams and labeling knowns and unknowns from problems to help set up problem to be successfully solved. He really understood the importance of using the technique and admitted to using it already."
"Today I worked on covering work/energy theorem and helping the student prepare a project presentation dealing with the physics of car crashes. Although it took us a little time to get through the work/energy worksheet, she had a good handle of it by the end."
"Today we talked about Gauss' Law and using electric flux and an enclosed charge in a surface to find the electric field. The student has a very good intuition for general math concepts. I felt like he caught on to more concepts today, and things we had talked about earlier this week are "connecting" a little better for him."