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Alan W.

Lowell, MA

$50/hr

Chemistry and Algebra Tutor

Background check passed as of 9/18/12
Usually responds in about 3 hours

Chemistry and Algebra Tutor

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I retired in July 2011 after 41 years in academia and industry. I have 2 Masters, one in Polymer Chemistry and one in Environmental Policy. I also completed all course requirements for a PhD in Polluton Prevention.

I have taught chemistry at the college level at both the 4 year and community colleges. With regard to experience in teaching the younger students, I have tutored the children of my friends in high school chemistry and college chemistry as well as math at both these levels.

My experience as a professional engineer also included management of analytical laboratories during the first 20 years. During my career, I presented many papers on methods of chemical analysis from the conference level to the board room level of well known companies.

The role of the instructor is to guide rather than be the only source of information. The student must search out the information needed in their chemistry book to solve problems given the guidance of the teacher, that is, become familiar with the type of problem and the outline developed with instructor to obtain the answer. Through practice of learned skills, the student can then apply the basic approach to look at practical applications. The student also needs adequate time to do exercises to reinforce the learning experience with the instructor.

Science:
Biology, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Biology, Chemistry,
Physics, Prealgebra

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Basic fundamental operations. Factoring operations. Algebraic expressions (working with signed numbers is an introduction to using algebraic expressions). Algebraic formulas and equations (using symbols) to express a formulas, e.g., area, density, distance (speed x time), translating word statements into formulas and algebraic expressions. Rules for solving equations. Transposition. Powers. Simultaneous equations. Fractions.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 builds on the acquired skills from previous math courses. An assessment at the first visit will be made as to proficiency of the student with basic algebraic operations. We will then go ahead with planned lessons based on the curriculum for the course. Assistance in Algebra homework can be augmented with real life application, if desired, which is where the "math meets the road" so to speak. Quadratics, logs, imaginary numbers, and other topics are part of the Algebra 2 study. An emphasis on word problems is usually a significant part of Algebra 2.

Chemistry

High school chemistry and advanced college placement chemistry. College level courses including analytical methods, buffers, equilibrium, heat of reaction and Hess's Principle, and other advanced topics as needed.

Organic Chemistry

My undergrad degree is in chemistry (1970), and I am certified by the American Chemical Society. As an undergrad, coursework included organic chemistry, advanced organic chemistry and qualitative organic chemistry (A grade) and Biochemistry (A+). I have a Masters in physical organic polymer chemistry (1975).
I also passed the organic chemistry qualifying exam for acceptance into the doctoral program for polymer chemistry.

Prealgebra

Introduction to variables, expressions, order of operations and basic problem solving skills. Also, absolute value, the coordinate plane and different algebraic properties building on existing knowledge of fractions by examining ratios, proportions and probability. Converting to/from decimals. Additionally, students will be introduced to percents and problems requiring the application of percents.

Pre-algebra course also includes linear functions, which covers slope and writing equations in slope-intercept form, and graphing inequalities. Students will also learn square roots, real numbers and will touch upon right triangles and some geometric concepts.

Alan’s Resources

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The subject of Chemistry need not be complicated. My experience is teaching chemistry to nursing and engineering students some of which never had a chemistry course. The basic skills with units of measurement, conversion factors, as well as math background, are extremely important. The issue with conversion math is the area where most students have difficulty, since the math issue carries through... read more

There is an old adage that “practice makes perfect”. What this actually means is that we all learn by doing. This method is tried and true especially for language, math, and science subjects. My successful career in academia and industry attests to this method of learning. The basic concepts to be learned in chemistry and physics are especially reliant on math skills developed in algebra... read more

Lowell Technological Institute
Chemistry
BS yes
Other
Lowell Technological Institute
Master's

Education

Lowell Technological Institute (Chemistry)

BS yes (Other)

Lowell Technological Institute (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alan will travel within 20 miles of Lowell, MA 01852.


About Alan

I retired in July 2011 after 41 years in academia and industry. I have 2 Masters, one in Polymer Chemistry and one in Environmental Policy. I also completed all course requirements for a PhD in Polluton Prevention.

I have taught chemistry at the college level at both the 4 year and community colleges. With regard to experience in teaching the younger students, I have tutored the children of my friends in high school chemistry and college chemistry as well as math at both these levels.

My experience as a professional engineer also included management of analytical laboratories during the first 20 years. During my career, I presented many papers on methods of chemical analysis from the conference level to the board room level of well known companies.

The role of the instructor is to guide rather than be the only source of information. The student must search out the information needed in their chemistry book to solve problems given the guidance of the teacher, that is, become familiar with the type of problem and the outline developed with instructor to obtain the answer. Through practice of learned skills, the student can then apply the basic approach to look at practical applications. The student also needs adequate time to do exercises to reinforce the learning experience with the instructor.

Education

Lowell Technological Institute
Chemistry
BS yes
Other
Lowell Technological Institute
Master's

Education

Lowell Technological Institute (Chemistry)

BS yes (Other)

Lowell Technological Institute (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Lowell, MA 01852

Alan’s Subjects

Science:
Biology, Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physics
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Biology, Chemistry,
Physics, Prealgebra

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.


Alan’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 Alan. View all of Alan’s resources

The subject of Chemistry need not be complicated. My experience is teaching chemistry to nursing and engineering students some of which never had a chemistry course. The basic skills with units of measurement, conversion factors, as well as math background, are extremely important. The issue with conversion math is the area where most students have difficulty, since the math issue carries through... read more

There is an old adage that “practice makes perfect”. What this actually means is that we all learn by doing. This method is tried and true especially for language, math, and science subjects. My successful career in academia and industry attests to this method of learning. The basic concepts to be learned in chemistry and physics are especially reliant on math skills developed in algebra... read more


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