Unlike many of the tutors that appear on this site, I an not a professional teacher. I have, however, been a tutor for many years. I got my start, quite by accident, while a physics teaching assistant at the University of California. My job was to teach a freshman physics lab course. Most of the students were able to do the lab work but had problems using calculus to do their physics and math homework. One student nailed the issue as similar to taking a french literature course while trying to learn French at the sane time. So needless to say I spent about half my time teaching the lab course and the rest helping some of the students with their math and physics homework. I found this very rewarding and fun.

After grad school I went to work in industry initially as a applied mathematician in a laboratory. During my working career I continually encountered students who needed help with mathematical concepts and how to apply them in the "real world". I've found the analytical training that is developed as a result of mastering various mathematical disciplines provides an excellent tool for achieving success in many area of life as well as "acing" your next math course.

I use, and encourage students to use MS Excel to help visualize concepts such as distributions, limits, derivatives,finding roots, equations of motion and simulations. The student should have some basic Excel skills.

I also have considerable experience in general corporate management, strategic planning and new product development.

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Calculus

I tutor to help students achieve any of the following mathematical skills:

Students should be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal. They should understand the connections among these representations.

• Students should understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, and should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems.

• Students should understand...
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Physics

I tutor the following topics:

Newton's Laws

Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics

Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles

solid and fluid mechanics

wave motion and sound

electricity and magnetism

thermodynamics

circuits

optics

quantum mechanics

particle physics

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Precalculus

I tutor to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced. I can also cover analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. This subject is important for any student planning to take a college algebra or college pre-calculus class.

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Statistics

Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns

Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study

Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation

Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

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SAT Math

The math sections of SAT measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. My tutoring is focused on four areas of mathematics that are typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The Algebra section was recently expanded to include basic College Algebra.

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