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Roman C.

Brookline, MA

$40/hr

Masters of Education Graduate with Mathematics Expertise

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Masters of Education Graduate with Mathematics Expertise

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I recently graduated from University of Massachusetts Boston with an M.Ed. in LTET. I have heard many times how many in America are struggling in mathematics, a subject that I consider to be extremely important, and a lot of fun. In late middle school and during high school, I started helping students in mathematics. My cousin Stan was my first client and by the time he entered college, I helped him get an A in first year calculus. I also helped many other students at Brookline High School achieve better grades and helped coach the school mathematics team. My strategy was to guide the students through problems and require students to give it the best shot and not to give up. We all know what it's like when a student simply shows us a math problem and immediately asks for a solution. I also believe that students need a chance to explore concepts as this can not only help them recall concepts that they forgot, but also discover new ones on their own.

I participated in the Brookline High School Math team from 1999 to 2001, attended the HMMT competition three times and was in the ARML team. During my senior year, I scored a 5 (Extremely well qualified) on the AP test in Calculus. I am also an alumnus of PROMYS which is a high school summer program in mathematics at Boston University in which the central subject was Number Theory. When I was an undergraduate student, I took a lot of science courses and participated in the Putnam competition, in which I got a 32, one of the highest scores of any students in my college. Our Putnam coach included one of the Putnam problems as extra credit in his discrete math final exam because of the solution that I came up with and later explained during the break.

Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
Statistics

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Algebra 1

I helped many students in Algebra 1 in my high school and college years. I always loved studying mathematics and helping others make significant progress in it.

Many of my skills come from my participation in several mathematics Olympiads. I minored in math and physics in college. I also have a Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.

Algebra 2

I helped many students in Algebra 2 in my high school and college years. I always loved studying mathematics and helping others make significant progress in it.

Many of my skills come from my participation in several mathematics Olympiads. I minored in math and physics in college. I also have a Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.

Calculus

Differential/Integral calculus was co-invented by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the 17th century, but the ideas leading up to it trace back to the ancients who invented the "Method of Exhaustion". Either way, the goal was always to solve practical problems, especially in physics and other sciences. Examples of questions that can be answered:
How much energy is needed to launch a 1000 ton shuttle into near-earth circular orbit? (Physics)
If you want to make an open rectangular box of maximum volume and have 10000 sq. cm. of cardboard to use, what should be the dimensions? (Optimization).
etc.
High school calculus covers the topics covered in the first two semesters of college calculus discipline and introduces you to the most fundamental concepts in the subject so you can answer questions such as these two and many more.
I took AP calculus (BC level) when I was a senior in high school and got my perfect 5. Since then I took more advanced courses in the subject and also took Physics all the way up to Quantum Mechanics.

Discrete Math

I have been exposed to Discrete Mathematics since early high school, and have used a lot during my undergraduate studies, most notably in context of computer science. My exposure to it included Combinatorics, Graph Theory, etc. There was also some coverage of cryptography near the end of a college level course.

As for the Number Theory, I was exposed most of the basic concepts from early middle school, and in high school, I attended PROMYS, which covered it at the college level. I haven't put Number theory to practical use very often, but did apply it during my college curriculum in math and computer science.

During my college education, I helped many students in both subjects. For Discrete Math, I sometimes like bringing up some of the areas of recreational mathematics (Games and Puzzles), since this is the most natural way to get the students interested.

Geometry

I helped many students in Geometry in my high school and college years. I always loved studying mathematics and helping others make significant progress in it.

Many of my skills come from my participation in several mathematics Olympiads. I minored in math and physics in college. I also have a Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.

Linear Algebra

In Linear Algebra, linear equations, matrices, vector spaces, and linear transformations are studied. Although a few concepts, such as solving linear equations dates back to the ancients, a number of important matrix concepts like determinants and eigenvalues/eigenvectors were developed more recently and gave rise to the modern areas of the subject.

Examples of applications:

1. Systems of linear equations occur when using Kirchhoff's laws in Physics to solve for currents/resistances in electric circuits.

2. Matrix transformations are used extensively by computer graphics systems. For example OpenGL makes extensive use of vectors and matrices to render objects in 2D/3D.

3. In classical Mechanics the principal rotation axes of a body are parallel to the eigenvectors of the moment of inertia tensor (3 by 3 matrix "I" in this case). In a motor, for example, if the axis of rotation is not principal, vibration occurs which can damage the system. That's because the angular momentum (L=Iw) and angular velocity (w) are not alligned with each other.

I took the course as an undergraduate and was one of the best students in the class. Since then, I helped a number of students with this subject during my college studies. In doing so, I emphasized applications of the concepts so that the students are aware of the subject's importance and can grasp the concepts more easily.

I also applied it both in my science classes and outside of school including programming some geometry-based applications including one written in OpenGL.

Logic

I took mathematical logic during my undergraduate education. The topics included boolean algebra, theorem proving via rules of inference, and later, equation logic. Part of the curriculum revolved around proving certain major results, including the completeness theorem for boolean algebra, and the compactness theorem. I helped a number of students with solving logic problems. I emphasize the fact that practicing logic strengthens one's ability to think in many different school disciplines. I also mention that solving many puzzles, which many of us like doing in our spare time, requires logical thought.

Prealgebra

I helped many students in Prealgebra in my high school and college years. I always loved studying mathematics and helping others make significant progress in it.

Many of my skills come from my participation in several mathematics Olympiads. I minored in math and physics in college. I also have a Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.

Precalculus

I helped many students in Precalculus in my high school and college years. I always loved studying mathematics and helping others make significant progress in it.

Many of my skills come from my participation in several mathematics Olympiads. I minored in math and physics in college. I also have a Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.

Probability

I helped many students in Probability in my high school and college years. I always loved studying mathematics and helping others make significant progress in it.

Many of my skills came from my participation in several mathematics Olympiads. I minored in math and physics in college. I also have a Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.

Trigonometry

I helped many students in Trigonometry in my high school and college years. I always loved studying mathematics and helping others make significant progress in it.

Many of my skills come from my participation in several mathematics Olympiads. I minored in math and physics in college. I also have a Master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education.

Roman’s Resources

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Solving Cubic Polynomials - Part 2

This is a lesson on solving general cubic polynomials by radicals. In this part, I discuss solving non-factorable cubics using Cardano's method. I finish up by briefly discussing a special situation called "Casus Irreducibilis".

One of the major problems in the mathematics curriculum in the US lately, is the fact that students get introduced to calculators too early and are often overexposed to them. In Russia, and other countries that were part of the former USSR, students are only introduced to calculators in their late elementary education. Also, even after that, students are expected to use the paper-pencil algorithms... read more

B.S. University of Massachusetts-Boston
CS, Math, Physics
University of Massachusetts Boston
MEd

Education

B.S. University of Massachusetts-Boston (CS, Math, Physics)

University of Massachusetts Boston (MEd)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Roman will travel within 20 miles of Brookline, MA 02446.


About Roman

I recently graduated from University of Massachusetts Boston with an M.Ed. in LTET. I have heard many times how many in America are struggling in mathematics, a subject that I consider to be extremely important, and a lot of fun. In late middle school and during high school, I started helping students in mathematics. My cousin Stan was my first client and by the time he entered college, I helped him get an A in first year calculus. I also helped many other students at Brookline High School achieve better grades and helped coach the school mathematics team. My strategy was to guide the students through problems and require students to give it the best shot and not to give up. We all know what it's like when a student simply shows us a math problem and immediately asks for a solution. I also believe that students need a chance to explore concepts as this can not only help them recall concepts that they forgot, but also discover new ones on their own.

I participated in the Brookline High School Math team from 1999 to 2001, attended the HMMT competition three times and was in the ARML team. During my senior year, I scored a 5 (Extremely well qualified) on the AP test in Calculus. I am also an alumnus of PROMYS which is a high school summer program in mathematics at Boston University in which the central subject was Number Theory. When I was an undergraduate student, I took a lot of science courses and participated in the Putnam competition, in which I got a 32, one of the highest scores of any students in my college. Our Putnam coach included one of the Putnam problems as extra credit in his discrete math final exam because of the solution that I came up with and later explained during the break.

Education

B.S. University of Massachusetts-Boston
CS, Math, Physics
University of Massachusetts Boston
MEd

Education

B.S. University of Massachusetts-Boston (CS, Math, Physics)

University of Massachusetts Boston (MEd)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Brookline, MA 02446

Roman’s Subjects

Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
SAT Math, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
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.


Roman’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 Roman. View all of Roman’s resources

Solving Cubic Polynomials - Part 2

This is a lesson on solving general cubic polynomials by radicals. In this part, I discuss solving non-factorable cubics using Cardano's method. I finish up by briefly discussing a special situation called "Casus Irreducibilis".

One of the major problems in the mathematics curriculum in the US lately, is the fact that students get introduced to calculators too early and are often overexposed to them. In Russia, and other countries that were part of the former USSR, students are only introduced to calculators in their late elementary education. Also, even after that, students are expected to use the paper-pencil algorithms... read more


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