Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on a lab that explored the relationships between the circular motion equations and the equation for gravitational forces. Varying inputs, she used the results to derive the gravitational constant, an expression, and a value for the periods of two objects of equal mass rotating at different radii around the same object."
"For my first session with the student, we went over what he was working on in his geometry class and his physics class. He completed two worksheets on the chords theorem and secant segments. He deamination is able to pick up this level of geometry very quickly and his strongest skill is that he is very efficient at solving algebraic equations for an unknown. This was confirmed when we reviewed Coulombs law for his physics class. He easily solved the more challenging problems at the end of the chapter."
"The student and I reviewed her Physics lab that is due at the end of the week. She is working on it with a partner in her class that had already started half of the report. She has guidelines and information given to her by her teacher to help her get a 100% on the report. We went over the discussion and results sections of the report and she is going to continue to finish the report with her partner."
"Today's session was on magnetism. Specifically, we covered the magnetic force, the right hand rule for magnetic force, how to calculate the magnetic field, the equations for the magnetic field from a straight wire or a loop, the magnetic flux, the inductance, the energy stored in a solenoid, the difference between rail guns and coil guns,Lenz's law and the three types of magnetic materials: ferromagnetic, diamagnetic, and paramagnetic."
"We covered 1- and 2-dimensional motion, circular motion, and relative motion. The hardest part for the student was visualizing what would happen in the scenario (riding in a roller coaster to riding in a row boat). To help with this, I suggested imagining the scenario that is more familiar, like riding in a car. A strategy to know what all is possible (ways to row across a river) is to look at the extremes, and know that it changes smoothly between the extremes, so only values between them are possible."
"We covered 1-dimensional motion, including one free fall problem. The student was struggling with problem interpretation (like figuring out the scenario, or what the problem was asking for). However, the student's attitude toward the material that was reviewed was excellent, and the student seemed eager to learn. We did a free fall concept check (~10 m/s gain in velocity every 1 second). The student is comfortable with the mathematical tools required to solve the problems, as well as the physical concepts. Next week, we will focus on strategies for solving the different kinds of word problems. She already has some very good habits and strategies, like highlighting important numbers and writing down the equation before plugging in the numbers."