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Alan B.

Problem Solving in Physics, Astronomy, Statistics, Java, Math, UNIX

Silver Spring, MD (20902)

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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.

I have also taught courses in UNIX. Using UNIX commands such as cd, ls, mv, ln, pr, pg, find, grep, >, |, can be challenging. I can help you understand the use of options for these commands (and many others) and how to combine them using pipes, or save results using >.

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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Alan’s subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
Computer:
Computer Programming, Computer Science, General Computer, Java, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, MCAT, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Java, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Statistics

Astronomy

I taught astronomy and physics at Montgomery College for 10 years and ran the campus planetarium program. I have tutored students in astronomy and physics over the past 25 years, and I enjoy showing the relationship to phenomena that we observe on earth to the astronomical and physical laws that pervade the universe. Astronomy is especially interesting because it shows students the capabilities that have been developed to learn about our galactic neighbors from the minute amounts of light and other radiation that comes to us from outer space.

Computer Programming

I have been teaching undergraduate level Java courses at the University of Maryland since 2006, and graduate level computer science courses at Florida Institute of Technology since 1998. I am a Professor of Computer Science at FIT and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at UMUC. I am also proficient in Fortran, Basic, Awk, Unix OS commands, and C++.

Computer Science

I have been teaching undergraduate level Java courses at the University of Maryland since 2006, and graduate level computer science courses at Florida Institute of Technology since 1998.

I am a Professor of Computer Science at FIT and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at UMUC.

Java

I have been programming in Java for 10+ years, and teaching Java at the University of Maryland since 2007.

Microsoft Excel

I have used Microsoft Excel in a variety of applications over the past 10 years. I am familiar with:

cell relationships
cell formatting
adding pages
function library
avoiding circular reasoning
graphics
importing files

Physical Science

I have a Bachelor's degree in physics and taught physics at the high school and college level for 12 years. I enjoy teaching physical science because it has so many opportunities to enhance understanding of everyday events and conditions, from the degree of banking on road curves, the operation of aircraft, the formation of a rainbow, the operation of a steam engine, the design of an oscillating circuit, radioactivity, orbiting satellites, to the proof of Einstein's special relativity theory.

Physics

I have a Bachelor's degree in physics and taught physics at the high school and college level for 12 years. I enjoy teaching physics because it has so many opportunities to enhance understanding of everyday events and conditions, from the degree of banking on road curves, the operation of aircraft, the formation of a rainbow, the operation of a steam engine, the design of an oscillating circuit, radioactivity, orbiting satellites, to the proof of Einstein's special relativity theory.

Prealgebra

I taught high school and college courses in mathematics, physics, and astronomy and presently teach computer science courses at two universities (UMUC, Florida Tech).

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Education

Florida State University (Physics and Math)

George Washington University (MA) & University of Maryland (MSIT) (Master's)

The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C (PhD)

Engaging and Knowledgeable. — It was a pleasure Meeting Alan. He and my son hit it off and it was a total win-win situation. My son really learned the information. Alan was able to explain the concepts in a very engaging way and is a warm person to be around. ...

— Janean, Kensington, MD on 11/21/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rates are negotiable for groups of 2-4 students. Cancellation within 24 hours will result in a charge of $60.00. Cancellation at least 24 hours in advance will result in no charge.

Travel policy

Alan will travel within 2 miles of Silver Spring, MD 20902.

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