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My profile title blends 20+ years of various engineering/management experiences together with over 40 years of organized athletics. My hobbies include the study of human mechanics throughout multiple sport movements, along with training routines that support an overall quality of general health and fitness. I am recently certified as a personal trainer through ISSA, and have college playing experience.
My passion for teaching has transitioned me out of a rewarding technical career and into the college classroom. Just as with multiple sport disciplines, I enjoy breaking down math and physics concepts into detailed portions that can be understood, practiced, and successfully accomplished as a foundation for advancement in multiple areas.
My approach is friendly, quite patient, fun, and even silly at times, as I enjoy creating a relaxed atmosphere that blends with the required tools of concentration, discipline, and solid work ethic. Such ingredients (when presented properly) produce success, whether it be on various playing fields or in the math/science worlds!
Pursue the things in life which you're passionate about . . . they're what you were most capable of, all along!
Within Algebra 1, students are exposed to a number of fundamentals that become the building blocks for: terms, expressions, polynomials, and equations. Mastering the process of variable isolation leads to solutions for multiple variables, matrices, factoring concepts, and various 2D graphing. Geometric shapes are introduced, along with an introduction to Trigonometry.
Learning and practicing key concepts of numbers, variables, operations, radicals, and exponents, will give the student "tools" toward a number of applications throughout the math, science, and business worlds.
I like to emphasize processes, as opposed to the number of problems that are right or wrong. Excelling in anything takes some time, but success can pop up along the road, in a number of different ways!
Algebra 2 picks up where Algebra 1 leaves off, as it jumps right into 2D graphing of trigonometric functions. Next up are real-world applications of exponential and logarithmic functions, then a look at some proofs of trig. identities, Law of Sines and Cosines. Students are then exposed to the whole conversion process between rectangular and polar coordinates, and complex numbers. An introduction to Vectors is added, followed by sequences, series, and probability.
Such topics (possibly sprinkled with other abstract theory and/or other real-world applications) utilize a lot of the Algebra 1 fundamentals, only at the next level. While Algebra 1 gradually gains momentum (from week-to-week), Algebra 2 darts in and out of different topics, covering a variety of theory/application.
I tend to review math fundamentals on a regualar basis (no matter what the topic), as they strengthen a student's math base, from which to build upon! It's really not much different than all of the conditioning and proper footwork/mechanics of a particular sport, only to follow with general strategy, specific plays, and more of an overall complex continuous flow of progress.
After completing an undergraduate course within my engineering curriculum, I have since been exposed to similar material within various engineering disciplines.
Most-recently, I have taught multiple sections of both Calculus and Differential Equations - within the college curriculum offered at ITT Tech. Inst., as a full-time instructor for all Math & Physics courses.
I have a combined 40+ years in multiple sports together with an engineering-based career, to assist individuals with proper mechanics of compound sport movements.
I have had coaching experiences at both the high school and intermediate levels, that blend together with recent certification as a personal trainer.
I take a very lighthearted approach to athletics (in general) - success is based on continuous improvement, NOT the win/loss columns! My work ethic (college ball) and continued involvement with multiple sports, training, and performance routines, show that passion AND fun can co-exist with any activity in our lives!!
Along with general strength/conditioning routines, interested individuals will be exposed to a variety of fundamentals associated with various offense, defense, and special team positions, footwork, kicking/punting, receiving, tackling, throwing, field and situation awareness, along with some common strategies.
Analytic Geometry gathers in particular algebra concepts, formulas, etc., as they relate to corresponding geometric shapes, curves, lines, etc.
Rules and regulations come into play as signage, symmetry, etc., help determine location/position of circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas.
For the most part, we're matching up the correct cookbook recipe - for various end-item configurations, utilizing algebraic expressions.
A pre-algebra course will cover a lot of the same fundamentals that are reviewed early on, in Algebra 1: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, scientific notation, inequalities, solving linear equations, graphing, geometric shapes, exponents, radicals, polynomials (factoring), etc.
It's important early on, to establish fundamental principles, practice them, review them, practice them AGAIN, and review them AGAIN! After you've captured the feeling of "balance" while pedaling a bike down the sidewalk/street, you fall/wipe out less and less, until you finally "master" the process! In the math world, it's not much different.
The dedicated science of Statistics utilizes numerical data from multiple sources, to anaylize and predict outcomes in the world around us.
Students are introduced to methods of data collection, organization, and presentation. Sample and Population criteria are calculated. Probability of outcomes, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and correlations, are also included.
A very interesting analytical tool, used (and very-much misused) in many aspects of today's society. Applications are common within the business and sport worlds, just to name a couple.
Over the years, I have enjoyed regular club leagues - primarily through local YMCA's and their travel schedules. I have solid experience with singles, doubles, and mixed, as they relate to stroke mechanics, fundamentals, and situational tactics on the court.
I stress fundamentals up front: holding the racquet (grips and variations of grips), feeling the ball on the strings, court attire, ground strokes (very important), variations of ground strokes, volleying mechanics, basic serving, scoring familiarization, strategies, etc.
The above-mentioned details are reviewed for singles AND doubles play. Court coverage and shot selections are quite different, regarding both - and should be emphasized, accordingly.
It's important to get in proper repetition of mechanics, while having fun, warming up properly, and enjoying all of the experience that the game has to offer. As it relates to other sports, tennis is a wonderful blend of hand-eye coordination, along with lower body conditioning (footwork, explosive moves) quite similar to basketball.
Trigonometry (measurement of triangles) is seldom ever a dedicated course, as it's inserted into portions of math and science, regularly.
Beginning with angles and carrying over into trigonometric identity proofs and real-world use, this particular topic analytically demonstrated the measurements used in navigation, building, and engineering, over centuries ago! We observe it's use constantly, from our own households, to just about anything you see in today's society. It's applications are endless!!
Excellent tutor and very flexible — Dave is an excellent tutor. He has been incredibly flexible in working with our schedule. He is timely, thoughtful and works well with our son. He makes the principles of algebra easy to understand, and yet makes our son work through his problem areas without giving him the answers. We have been very pleased with Dave and feel blessed to have found him. ...
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