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Tim C.

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Chandler, AZ (85226)

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Looking for significant improvements in your education on math or physics or both? Wishing for a guided learning, from homework to test preparation to curriculum teaching, tailored and integrated, by a proven academic (3+ year university physics professor) and engineering professional (18+ years technical staff in world's leading semiconductor companies)? Searching for a trusted tutor or mentor who is an active member of the local communities over past 15+ years?

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I received my PhD in physics and taught both university undergraduate, graduate courses in physics, supervised thesis MS/PhD students, as lecturer and assistant professor (subjects including "Physics" by Young and Freeman and several others, "Classical Mechanics" by John Taylor, "Quantum Mechanics" by David Griffiths). The physics subjects I taught use extensively geometry, trigonometry, algebra, calculus and differential equations (e.g. in "Trigonometry" by Ron Larson, "Calculus" by Larson and Edwards, "Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications" by Kolman and Hill, "A First Course in Differential Equations" by Dennis Zill).

I also taught as a math and physics teacher classes of algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and introduction to physics to high/middle-school children at a local weekend school and have background check on file with Kyrene School District when I was a badminton assistant coach (volunteer) at Corona Del-Sol.

I love to show young people the importance and correct use of math and physics in real-life applications, My goal is to help young people master math and physics from principle to applications as their needs require. I am fluent and clear in English (professional) and Mandarin (native). From my years in universities and major companies in the industry, I worked extensively, face-to-face, with people and groups of diversified culture and professional background.

I tailor my teaching to student's need, resources, priority on the concept or problem solving or both. I am detail minded, interactive, and flexible in working with students ranging from high/middle-school to college/university. I pay close attention to student's needs, learning progress, and make necessary adjustments for best results.

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Tim’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Chinese, GMAT
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, GMAT, SAT Math
Elementary Education:

Algebra 1

The text books on Algebra 1 and 2 I can use and tutor well include "Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications" by Kolman and Hill, and others.

Algebra 2

The text books on Algebra 1 and 2 I can use and tutor well include "Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications" by Kolman and Hill, and others.


The text books on Calculus I can use and tutor well include "Calculus" by Larson.


I am a native Chinese/Mandarin speaker, and received my BS education in Mandarin. I was the principal of Contemporary Chinese School of Arizona in 2000-2005 (now a 600+ students, and recently awarded one of best Chinese Language/weekend School in the US by the American Chinese School Association (US). I have taught Chinese, Math, and Physics both in personal and class settings.

Differential Equations

I received BS/MS/PhD in Physics. I have studied differential equations in math and physics classes, both in symbolic and numeric forms, and later in advanced physics curricula, applications (e.g. heat transfer and fluid dynamics).

Just a sanity check now, I worked out step-by-step full solution by myself for one of the test problems in Calculus: (x^2-y^2)dx+3xydy=0, and I know I can tutor most contents in book chapters 1-5 by Dennis G. Zill 9th edition.

I can provide the solution and other evidence if needed on this qualification.

Elementary Math

The text books on Elementary Math I can use and tutor well include "One, Two, Three Absolutely Elementary Mathematics" by David Berlinkski (also author of "A Tour of the Calculus").


The text books on Geometry I can use and tutor well include Essentials of Geometry (for College Students) by Lial, Brown, Steffensen, Johnson

Linear Algebra

I received BS/MS/PhD in Physics. Have used linear algebra extensively in my life and career from teaching college classes, helping my own children, to developing commercial simulation software and doing engineering analysis for corporations. See my profile for verification.


I taught as a lecturer and assistant professor in Physics, and in these subject fields
- First year undergraduate physics
- Classical mechanics
- Quantum mechanics
Each consists a one-year / two semester classes, with weekly homework assignments, 2-3 quizzes, mid-term and final exams, with final grades based on home work, quizzes, and exams.


Please refer to my profile for specific details of my qualifications on this subject field.


The text books on Precalculus I can use and tutor well include "Precalculus Mathematics for Calculus" by Stewart, Redlin, Watson.


The text books on trigonometry I can use and tutor well include "Trigonometry" by Ron Larson.

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Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (Physics)

California State University, Northridge (Master's)

University of California, Los Angeles (PhD)

Tim is an amazing tutor!! I have been struggling with an accelerated physics course and Tim has become a lifesaver. He really can conceptualize physics problems and help establish a deeper understanding. After each tutor session with Tim, I feel more confident in issues with which I was struggling prior. Tim is a genuinely nice guy and actually cares about the subject matter and the people he is tutoring. I highly suggest ...

— Mike from Gilbert, AZ on 6/2/14);

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Tim will travel within 15 miles of Chandler, AZ 85226.

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