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Purdue University (Bachelor of Science in Physics)
I am 27 years old and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Purdue University.
I would be happy to help guide you through your mathematics, chemistry, and physics coursework.
I have experience teaching AP and IGCSE coursework.
I am also currently working through a diploma on Special Education Needs support, and can bring this knowledge to bear when planning tutorials for those in gifted and talented programs (or those requiring other SEN provisions, such as ADHD or dyslexia).
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"I am like a runner that gets a kick out of sweating, I get a kick out of thinking!" (-Richard Feynman ~Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Laureate)
"One morning while eating my Wheaties,
I felt the earth move 'neath my feeties.
The cause for alarm
Was a long lever-arm,
At the end of which grinned Archimedes."
-David M. I am 27 years old and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Purdue University.
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James is an expert in all the hard math and science courses. It is his passion to pass on knowledge and help students understand the material that they need to learn. James even gave me extra files with helpful information on my course - Organic Chemistry. He is patient and very happy to help students learn... a true teacher. Also, very responsive by email or phone.
We are using James for tutoring in both Physics and Precalculus. He is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. James is respectful, punctual and easy to reach. He always comes prepared, and gives us useful study tools/handouts that we can use on our own time. We highly recommend James for your tutoring needs!
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Well, you are on your quest to getting the best score that you can for the ACT. When I was applying for University, I took both the ACT and the SAT.
I would be happy to help you brush up on your basic mathematics, as required by the ACT Math test.
More specifically, I can teach you some time saving tricks and memory aids for the best strategies in attacking the following problem areas:
"Algebra I" is all about learning the rudiments of factoring. This is a fancy way of saying "multiplication and division", except now you are using letters in place of numbers.
This is something that confuses a lot of students, as the "variable" isn't as transparent as a simple number.
If you are having trouble translating the words into math (or vice versa), don't worry, a lot of people have the same issue!
I would be happy to help you with "Algebra I".
Algebra, derived from the Baghdad phrase Al Jabar - is the restoration of broken parts. Algebra II is a continuation of the topics contained in Algebra I, and focuses on solving systems of linear equations, as well as trigonometric identities.
I strive to have students see through the equations, and realize the power of mathematical skills in their day-to-day life. By raising their confidence level in recognition, recall and proper application of the esoteric vocabulary of mathematics, I find that students can pick up the concepts fairly quickly.
While an undergraduate at Purdue University, I took an Astronomy course called "Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System". Although this course is intended for non-physics majors, I have been interested in Astronomy since a very young age.
The topics covered include the study of the historical development of astronomy; motion of the sun and the moon; solar and lunar eclipses; the seasons and the calendar; the sun and the planetary system; comets, meteoroids, and asteroids.
If you are struggling in your Astronomy course, I would be happy to help you.
While an undergraduate at Purdue University, I took BIOL 121, and BIOL 131; the first year coursework for Biology majors. These courses are called "Diversity, Ecology, and Behavior"; and "Development, Structure and Function of Organisms". Later, in my free time, I read the first few chapters of a book called Biological Physics by Phillip Nelson, catching a glimpse of energy transformations within Biological systems.
During my time studying Biology, I learned about the diversity of life, respiration, photosynthesis, cellular division (mitosis and meiosis), Mendellian genetics, natural selection, population growth, competition, predation, parasitism, behavior and conservation biology. I also learned about the membrane structure, diffusion, and electrical potentials across membranes.
I really enjoy teaching Biology. If you are struggling with your coursework, and are looking for a Biology tutor, I would be happy to help you.
Archimedes hinted to the methods of Calculus when he found the value of pi by a limiting procedure. In the late 1600’s, these methods were greatly expanded upon to solve THE problem of motion. A young Isaac Newton asked the following question: “If an apple falls, does the moon also fall?” In the ten years or so it took to formulate his answer, Newton invented Calculus and discovered the Universal Law of Gravitation. This was an incredible breakthrough, and has changed the path of science in every conceivable way since.
As Herbert Butterfield notes in his book “Origins of Science”: “Of all the intellectual hurdles which the human mind has confronted and has overcome in the last fifteen hundred years the one which seems to me to have been the most amazing in character and the most stupendous in the scope of its consequences is the one relating to the problem of motion”
Calculus is all about the immensely ‘big’ and infinitesimally ‘small’. Just as Arithmetic and Algebra revolve around their respective “Fundamental Theorems”, so too does Calculus. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus does for differentiation what the nth-root does for exponentiation in Arithmetic. With this powerful gem of a technique, one no longer has to think so deeply about what the operation means, and can apply a pragmatic approach: “Calculus for the Practical Man”.
I would be happy to guide you through developing an understanding of the practical applications of this wonderful subject, Calculus. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me. Also, please note that I have a rather extensive blog detailing these and several other extracurricular topics. I welcome you to peruse the blog at your leisure.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Chemistry is a fundamental science and must be learned before any deep understanding of Biology or Physics can be achieved. Because Chemistry is so well-established, people often have trouble breaking through the memorization barrier. The only way to break through this barrier is to make the Periodic Table your best friend.
I am here to help you realize what a powerful tool the Periodic Table of Elements truly is, and how knowledge of it will carry over into virtually every scientific endeavor.
When the study of differential equations is applied to scientific endeavors, the opportunities to apply the "complicated" mathematics become endless.
The paradigm of Physics is that something is vibrating, and it is up to you to find out what it is! The knowledge contained within a standard course on Ordinary or Partial Differential Equations should guide you to the answer.
The topics covered include the study of the Method of Undetermined Coefficients, the Method of Variation of Parameters, Partial Fraction Decomposition, or the Method of Integrating Factors; among others. I can help guide you through this thicket!
I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within Geometry.
While studying Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus, I obtained a bird's eye view of Geometry. The topics covered include the study of the Euclidean/Plane Geometry, Conic Sections, the coordinate plane, polygons, and higher-dimensional geometry. A large majority of the problems will be word problems, all of which will have real-life applications.
Quantum Mechanics, one of my favorite subjects as an undergraduate Physics major (the other being Optics), is a theory written in the language of Linear Algebra. If you are struggling with all of these "subspaces" and "dimensions", I would be happy to help you reason through it.
The topics covered in a typical Linear Algebra course include vector spaces, dimension, linear mappings, determinants, eigenvalue and eigenvector problems, and systems of linear equations; among others.
While an undergraduate at Purdue University, I took numerous Chemistry courses. I am experienced in General and Organic Chemistry at the University level.
I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within General and Organic Chemistry through hands on learning. All of my courses are designed to incorporate your involvement through an inquiry based approach: developing skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, as well as how to actively participate in discussions with mathematical rigor.
The topics covered include the study of IUPAC nomenclature, covalent bonding and the shapes of molecules, Molecular Orbital Theory, stereochemistry and chirality, acids and bases, reactions of functional groups, nucleophilic substitution (SN1, SN2), infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and mass spectroscopy.
Physics has evolved quite rapidly in the three hundred some years since it’s classical rebirth. Unfortunately, one reflection of this fact is that introductory physics textbooks have become encyclopedic in scope, leaving many students overwhelmed and exasperated. By separately looking at the list of key topics within AP Physics: 1, 2, and C - one can immediately verify this claim.
Further inspection will reveal that the entire AP Physics syllabus is based around seven (7) ‘big ideas’. When we study using the ‘big ideas’ as scaffolding, we see that they result in an extremely deep understanding. These seven ideas span a vast body of knowledge, holding together the common core Physics subjects of:
- Mathematical Methods (Big Ideas 5, 7)
- Classical Mechanics (Big Ideas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Electricity and Magnetism (Big Ideas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Thermal and Statistical Physics (Big Idea 5, 7)
- Quantum Mechanics (Big Idea 2, 4, 5, 7)
I would be happy to guide you through developing an understanding of these core subjects of physics. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me. Also, please note that I have a rather extensive blog detailing these and several other extracurricular topics. I welcome you to peruse the blog at your leisure.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
The topics covered in a typical Pre-Algebra course include the study of multiplication tables, fractions, multiplying negative numbers, graphing skills, and basic equation solving.
This is all very similar to what you will see on standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, or others.
Pre-Calculus is an extension of Algebra, which is used to prepare for Calculus courses. The topics of study include, but are not limited to: an introduction to limits, rates of change, differentiation, and integration. A large majority of the problems will be word problems, all of which will have real-life applications.
I would be happy to help you with Pre-Calculus.
I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within Trigonometry.
The topics covered include the study of lengths, angles, and areas in triangles; trigonometric functions for triangles; functions; basic navigation; determining the height of an object; estimation of the width of a river; and the Pythagorean Theorem.
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