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Larry M.

Lombard, IL

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Don't merely treat symptoms, solve the root problem.

Background check passed as of 11/5/13
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Don't merely treat symptoms, solve the root problem.

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I am a fun-loving, pragmatic, task master. I believe in making math fun through the use of computational tricks and short cuts that are often no longer taught in schools. I recognize that some students are handicapped when their learning style does not match the style of their teacher; so I adapt. I believe that understanding the "why" and "when" is perhaps more important than the "how".

I have graduate degrees in Systems Management, Business Administration, and Industrial Engineering. I am a Six Sigma Black Belt, a Professional Engineer, and a Certified Supply Chain Analyst. I have received two Outstanding Instructor awards for throwing away the standard material and substituting better examples presented in a logical manner.

I insert some "tidbit" of non-academic material into every tutoring session. For elementary students, I often teach them finger multiplication. For middle school students, I often show them how to multiply without using the multiplication tables. For older students, I have a "tool bag" of interesting brain teasers and exercises that are no longer taught in school.

Testimonials

"Wonderful Teacher"

- Horacio, Bolingbrook, IL on 4/25/14

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Shelia, Chicago, IL on 10/5/13

"Very Good Tutor"

- Chandola, Lombard, IL on 6/7/13

"Very prompt and patient"

- Marian, Paris, TX on 5/3/13

"Great tutor!!"

- Andrea, Chicago, IL on 2/10/13

"Very patient, personable and knowledgeable."

- Michael, Mount Prospect, IL on 12/28/12

"Very personable"

- John, Evergreen Park, IL on 12/15/11
English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physical Science, Physics,
Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
Computer:
Fortran,
General Computer, Mathematica, MATLAB, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project,
Microsoft Word, SPSS
Language:
German
History:
American History, Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Business,
Economics, Finance,
GRE,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Chemistry, Economics, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Reading, SAT Math, Statistics,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, ASVAB, GRE,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Business,
Economics, Finance,
General Computer, German, Grammar, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word, Proofreading, SPSS,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Algebra I is the entry point into the vast world of Mathematics. While it is primarily a Mathematics subject, it also teaches real world lessons in problem identification, logical thinking, and exploration of alternatives.

I am old enough to have first learned Algebra before the advent of computers in the classroom. I can offer some of the "old" fashioned approaches which may be simpler and easier than the methods being taught currently.

I personally enjoy Mathematics and have a repertoire of short cuts and tricks which I use for a brief change of pace when a student's attention lags.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is where the power of Mathematics begins to become evident. While Algebra 1 typically deals with linear relationships, Algebra 2 introduces the non-linear relationships that can better model the business and physical worlds. With the right perspective, it can be a mind-broadening experience.

Business

I have over thirty years of experience working in a variety of industries. At various times I have been the project manager for major software implementations and upgrades, "run the numbers" on potential merger/acquisition targets, and designed product distribution facilities. I have used my MBA degree while teaching college courses in leadership, operations management, statistics, and strategy.

Calculus

Calculus is the mathematics of change and variation which is fundamental to Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering. It is also fundamental to a deeper understanding of finance, marketing, and economics. Differential Calculus leads directly into Integral Calculus and eventually to the Differential Equations which can be used to model just about any continuous function or process.

Differential Equations

My freshman honors course involved analog solution of first and second order differential equations. I took two quarters of differential equations during my sophomore year and a course in advanced differential equations during my junior year leading to a BS in Mathematics. I used my knowledge of differential equations in electrical engineering courses to model the performance of non-linear devices. My final project for my MS in Industrial Engineering degree involved simulation of differential equations.

Discrete Math

I have taken Discrete Mathematics courses as part of my undergraduate degree in Mathematics. I have used Discrete Mathematics as a foundation for my Finite Mathematics courses at Lewis University and the University of Phoenix.

Finance

Business Mathematics is an applied branch of Mathematics that centers on financial challenges. Perhaps the most important question in business mathematics is to predict the time value of money given certain assumptions. For example, would it be better to receive $100 today or $110 in eighteen months? The answer, of course, depends on the assumed rate of return which may be available in alternative investments.

Fortran

FORTRAN is my native computing language. I learned and used FORTRAN throughout my undergraduate work and subsequently used FORTRAN to write subroutines for the SLAMII models that I created for a former employer.

Geometry

Geometry is one of the earliest branch of Mathematics. The Greeks believed that every fully educated person would have some knowledge and talent in Geometry. Today, high school Geometry not only present the knowledge that the Greeks developed, but it also serves as a course in logical thinking, problem identification, and problem solving.

Government & Politics

When the issue of "fairness" arose in one of my classes, I did a deeper dive into the subject. That work culminated in an informal presentation at a faculty meeting in the Spring of 2013 that began with discussions among some of the Founding Fathers of the United States and progressed through more recent issues.

GRE

With the increasing reliance on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and the sharply decreased cost of data storage, many companies are collecting tremendous quantities of data. The ability to understand, analyze, interpret, explain, and present quantitative information is likely to become more important in the coming years.

The Math portion of the GRE is challenging for many students. I actually enjoyed that section and did quite well. I appreciated the precise wording and variety of the questions.

Linear Algebra

I had a beginning course in Linear Algebra in my freshman year at Rose-Hulman and took a second, quite rigorous, in my junior or senior year. I have used linear algebra concepts in the finite mathematics and operations research courses that I have taught.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is, in my opinion, the star of the Microsoft Office Suite. It is a wonderful application. When used properly, it can do some amazing things. It is particularly useful when taking a Statistic course.

I have used Excel to analyze everything from the statistics in support of a doctoral dissertation to tracking shipments of DVDs and CDs to WalMart to analyzing the Air Force's strategic lift capabilities.

Microsoft Project

I have been a user of MicroSoft Project for many years. I have taught project and construction management for the US Army Engineer school, set up project plans with over 4,000 activities, and taught project management to undergraduates and MBA students.

Physics

Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences and is the foundation of chemistry and other life sciences. While Newtonian Physics have been around for several centuries, relativistic physics, thanks to Albert Einstein, has had a profound impact on the world in the past century. Now research into quantum mechanics and string theory is poking holes into our current knowledge.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is an interesting class. It is the gateway to the broad world of Algebra upon which much of the modern economy is based. I am old enough to know how calculations were done before the advent of hand held calculators, so I like to show students some short-cuts that are no longer taught in school.

Precalculus

Pre-calculus is a neat subject. Pre-calculus is the doorway to the world of Calculus. Calculus is the mathematics of change and variation which is fundamental to Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering. It is also fundamental to a deeper understanding of finance, marketing, and economics. Since pre-calculus covers a variety of topics, there is enough variety in the material to keep things interesting and fun.

Probability

Probability is a fun subject. We all use it every day whether we realize it or not. Sometimes we rely on "empirical" probabilities as when we estimate which route to work in the morning will most likely be the fastest. Other times we have to resort to "subjective" probabilities when we make picks for a World Series or Super Bowl.

With the proper approach probability is actually overly difficult.

SPSS

SPSS (Statistics Package for Social Sciences) is a premier statistical analysis package from IBM. One of its greatest features is that it is quite comprehensive. One of its greatest drawbacks is that it is so comprehensive as to sometimes be intimidating. I recommend developing an understanding of the question to be answered and arriving at what would seem to be the right answer before using SPSS (or other package) to work the statistics in detail.

Statistics

Statistics can be viewed from several perspectives. In one sense, Statistics is the best tool for extracting usable and actionable information from the masses of data that exist in most ERP, CRM, and POS systems. From another perspective, it is an effective tool to support managerial and personal decision making. In this year of a Presidential election (polls), it can be a very interesting subject.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is the study of triangles, but it becomes much more. It is a foundation for understanding Physics, Chemistry, and the various flavors of Engineering. I have found knowledge of trigonometry to be of great value and usefulness in my career.

Larry’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Larry. View all of Larry’s resources

I assume you mean (x-7) / (x^2 - 4x - 12), right?   If so the first step is to factor the quadratic expression in the denominator.  It factors into (x-6)(x+2).   Since there are no (binomial) factors in common between the numerator and the denominator, this expression...

Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech.
Mathematics
(1) University of Southern California
Master's
West Virginia University
MBA

Education

Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. (Mathematics)

(1) University of Southern California (Master's)

West Virginia University (MBA)

Wonderful Teacher — Mr. M is a wonderful teacher. He moved my son from a low grade to a grade of B in pre-calculus in just a few months. ...

— Horacio, Bolingbrook, IL on 4/25/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Depending on your location and flexibility, I can adjust my rates. Contact me to discuss group lessons that can reduce your costs an provide an enhanced learning environment for you or your child.

Travel policy

Larry will travel within 40 miles of Lombard, IL 60148.


About Larry

I am a fun-loving, pragmatic, task master. I believe in making math fun through the use of computational tricks and short cuts that are often no longer taught in schools. I recognize that some students are handicapped when their learning style does not match the style of their teacher; so I adapt. I believe that understanding the "why" and "when" is perhaps more important than the "how".

I have graduate degrees in Systems Management, Business Administration, and Industrial Engineering. I am a Six Sigma Black Belt, a Professional Engineer, and a Certified Supply Chain Analyst. I have received two Outstanding Instructor awards for throwing away the standard material and substituting better examples presented in a logical manner.

I insert some "tidbit" of non-academic material into every tutoring session. For elementary students, I often teach them finger multiplication. For middle school students, I often show them how to multiply without using the multiplication tables. For older students, I have a "tool bag" of interesting brain teasers and exercises that are no longer taught in school.

Testimonials

"Wonderful Teacher"

- Horacio, Bolingbrook, IL on 4/25/14

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Shelia, Chicago, IL on 10/5/13

"Very Good Tutor"

- Chandola, Lombard, IL on 6/7/13

"Very prompt and patient"

- Marian, Paris, TX on 5/3/13

"Great tutor!!"

- Andrea, Chicago, IL on 2/10/13

"Very patient, personable and knowledgeable."

- Michael, Mount Prospect, IL on 12/28/12

"Very personable"

- John, Evergreen Park, IL on 12/15/11

Education

Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech.
Mathematics
(1) University of Southern California
Master's
West Virginia University
MBA

Education

Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. (Mathematics)

(1) University of Southern California (Master's)

West Virginia University (MBA)


Tutor Policies

Depending on your location and flexibility, I can adjust my rates. Contact me to discuss group lessons that can reduce your costs an provide an enhanced learning environment for you or your child.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Lombard, IL 60148

Larry’s Subjects

English:
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physical Science, Physics,
Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
Computer:
Fortran,
General Computer, Mathematica, MATLAB, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project,
Microsoft Word, SPSS
Language:
German
History:
American History, Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Business,
Economics, Finance,
GRE,
Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Chemistry, Economics, Elementary (K-6th), Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Reading, SAT Math, Statistics,
Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, ASVAB, GRE,
SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Business,
Economics, Finance,
General Computer, German, Grammar, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Word, Proofreading, SPSS,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Larry’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Larry. View all of Larry’s resources

I assume you mean (x-7) / (x^2 - 4x - 12), right?   If so the first step is to factor the quadratic expression in the denominator.  It factors into (x-6)(x+2).   Since there are no (binomial) factors in common between the numerator and the denominator, this expression...


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