I have the following credentials and degrees:
B.A. Physics, Florida State University
M.A. Education, George Washington University
M.S. Information Technology, University of Maryland
Ph.D. Education, Catholic University
Certified Data Processor, Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals
I have had experience teaching physics (high school and college level), and college courses in astronomy, algebra, calculus, computer programming, and computer science (Java programming, GUI design, security, artificial intelligence, and software engineering).
I specialize in teaching problem-solving skills in math and science. This includes problems in mathematics (especially algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus), statistics (hypothesis testing, probability), astronomy and physics. Many students have difficulty in problem solving phases:
1) identify known quantities,
2) identify unknown,
3) find relationships that provide the unknown,
4) apply the relationship)
This process can be especially difficult when a formula has two or more unknowns, some of which must be provided by other formulas. This type of logic chain challenges many students.
I enjoy helping students learn how to use this problem solving process.
I especially enjoy helping with physics studies. One of the things that makes physics difficult is the diverse nature of the studies (classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, and modern physics (relativity, quantum theory)). I use practical examples and analogies to make these abstract theories more relevant and easily understood.
I also enjoy assisting astronomy students. The recent and rapid changes in this area of study make it extremely interesting. How astronomers glean information from weak light rays that have traveled millions to billions of light years across space, and what that information tells us about the nature of our universe, is a fascinating subject to explore.
In addition, I find the study of statistics of great interest. Showing students the practical application of subjects like probability, hypothesis formulation and testing, and tools such as t-scores, chi square, and z-scores illuminates an area of study that is quite different from most mathematics.
Java programming is one of the subjects I currently teach (University of Maryland University College). Java is a very powerful language and enables programmers to access a wealth of library methods in areas such as mathematics, GUI development, and data buffering and manipulation.
The first hour with me is free if you are not satisfied with the results.
My schedule is flexible, but I am not available on Friday or Saturday.
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