Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student & I reviewed the lesson involving the definition of displacement/distance and speed velocity, and covered a new lesson involving the definition of acceleration and motion under constant acceleration in one dimension, including free fall motion under the influence of gravity. We discussed several qualitative/conceptual questions to tease the concepts apart, and also completed several quantitative problems to exemplify the application of the concepts to real-life situations. The student has intentions of completing more problems involving accelerated motion in one dimension, as well as reviewing reading motion graphs in preparation for our next meeting. I am pleased with all the progress he's making."
"I met with the student and his mother at the library, and we discussed what their schedule was like, when we should meet next, and what they wanted from these sessions. The student had a fantastic workbook that helped to show me what the class was like and what topics they were covering. I found it fascinating that this early they were covering optics, electromagnetic radiation, and eventually waves. He told me they had a quiz this past week and so we discussed some of the questions he remembered from the quiz. We talked about refraction and Snell's law, how to rearrange it to solve for any of the variables, and what is actually happening physically. We also discussed the electromagnetic spectrum and each subset of radiation (like radio waves, microwaves, infrared, etc.). He picks up very fast and seems to have an enthusiasm for the subject. We discussed prisms and how white light separates. He is very bright, and is a classic high school student. He compared the index of refraction as a sort of density, which is a very intuitive way to look at it, and the fact that he has this grasp early on is very promising."
"The student has a science test coming up next week on astronomy, focusing on stars. We reviewed the topics covered for the exam consisting of principals of electromagnetic radiation, composition of stars, measurement of star positions and distances, and the life cycle of stars. Regarding newer information, we discussed how the initial mass of protostars determines the rate of nuclear fusion reactions in the stars themselves and therefore governs their life cycles."