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I believe I have the experience and skills for tutoring students of physics and math in high school and introductory courses in college. I was a member of the Physics Faculty at Emory University, where I taught calculus based introductory physics as well as non-calculus based and most physics major and several graduate courses. For three summers I taught a National Science Foundation Institute for high-ability high school students. Other involvement with high school students include teaching a one semester advanced placement physics course at Westminster Schools, being a member of the campus interview and selection committee choosing entering freshman Woodruff scholars at Emory and evaluating physic advanced placement exams for placement in physics courses. I was awarded the Emory Williams Teaching Award in science and mathematics in 1985.
I was in the Physics Department at Emory from 1958 to 1987, rising from Assistant Professor to Professor. I was Departmental Chair for six years.
I was a member of the staff of the Georgia Tech Research Institute as a Senior Research Scientist from 1988 to 1999. In my last years there I was a Division Head.
Patient, Kind, and Very Knowledgeable Tutor — My daughter had her first session with Dr. G yesterday. She reports that she learned more from him in that time than she'd learned in her HS physics class all week (at a very rigorous prep school). This comes as no surprise because Dr. G's credentials are quite impressive: he's taught at several, prestigious, research universities. I am most impressed, however, with how personable and patient he i ...
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