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Ken’s qualifications in specific subjects below.
Algebra 1
I teach all levels of mathematics for both high school and college. This includes regular, honors, IB, Vanguard, or other. I am able to simplify itmes so that the student is able to perform the work on their own. My basic philosophy is to work on the current items being studied by the students, get that down solid, and then pick up previous items as needed. References available if needed.
Algebra 2
I have taught all levels of this algebra 2 and can definitely assist. My goal has always been to get the individual on a level of being able to do well independently of me.
Biostatistics
BioStatistics is extremely similar to other statistics courses. The calculations are the same. The statistical and probability interpretations are the same. Only difference is that the problems use BioStast data rather than some other type of data. I am very familiar with the type of calculations and interpretations of numbers and can do either TI calculator, Excel, or MegaStat stats calcs. Unfortunately, I have never done SPSS. I have taught statistics and also tutored my WyzAnt students and references are available.
C
I have studied and done the "C" programming language as part of my engineering studies. I have done other programming types also which are very similar. I understand very well their structure and format in order to get them to work. I have worked with several software programs used to both write, test, and run these programs, and because of all that, can help you in your programming area(s). I have taught some of this and am also tutoring several students in WyzAnt on this subject.
C++
"C++" is very similar to its predecessor "C". The majority of classes and books that say they are "C++" type classes are really "C" classes because the majority of the programming skills that need to be learned are "C" based. "C++" is a special add-on and can be very difficult. I can help with the structure, testing, debugging, and running of your program(s) and of course can assist with the actual interpretation of these areas. I have taught a little of this and also tutored several students at WyzAnt on this area.
Calculus
I am very familiar with all areas of calculus and can customize all for your needs.
Career Development
Career Development is a very complex area including, but not limited to, economic, psychological, sociological, education, lifespan analysis, job status and progress. The majority of career development areas today are in both getting "certifications" and also getting "advanced degrees". There are also several career assessment tests that can be taken to determine not only what you might be good at doing, but also what you would like to do. In addition, there are several State laws these days that need to be known and assessed for development. I have a diversified experience in many of these area and when I work with my students; we always look at many of them items as needed. As such, I can listen well to your concerns, and provide good positive feedback for you.
Chemical Engineering
I am a chemical engineer. I actually have 2 chemical engineering degrees, a math education degree, and another one in computer science. I not only have a reasonably good understanding of my "area of expertise" but also have a way to teach it in such a way that you will be able to understand more easy. I am currently doing some tutoring of ChE students at the Univ of Houston.
Chemistry
As part of my chemical engineering studies, I have had to study/do a lot of chemistry including science/engineering chemistry, organic, and physical chemistry. There have also been other chemistry courses. I have also taught chemistry at school and tutored many WyzAnt students in this subject. In addition, I also help the student(s) with their math required for doing the chemical calculations which is absolutely essential for their studies. References are available.
Computer Programming
As part of my engineering, math, and education studies, I have had to do a lot of work with computer programs. Writing them, testing, debugging, and final run are all part of the process. The "process" is very similar for many software including C, C++, Java, MatLab, etc. I have done all of these and taught some also. I have also tutored some students on WyzAnt on these subject. and I can simplify it for you.
Differential Equations
I'm reasonably familiar, experienced, and competent with differential equations. See my profile for overview of my work.
Fortran
As part of my engineering studies, it was required that I take Fortran programming. I had studied Fortran IV, and have updated myself to the new Fortran VII. There are not too many changes. I can help you construct, test, debug, and run your programs. The process can be tedious; however, with a little time & patience, you can be successful. I also do C, C++, Java, MatLab, & Excel programming.
Hard Of Hearing
Helping students who are "hearing-impaired" is a special "gift" which I have. I have worked with students who are hearing-impaired, sight-impaired, and related "impairments". I am approved by the State of Texas to work with disabilities such as this. Many times, I use JAWS on the computer to help students with their studies and I can assist you in yours.
Java
I have done many types of programming including C, MatLab, Java, VBA, etc. I primarily have used these calculating numerical values from sc, science and engineering equations, which I was very good at doing. I am also helped many students understand the basics of programming so that they can do the programming on their own, and not only do the programming but be able to deBug the program so that it will run correctly, and then be able to interpret the answer to know if it is right or wrong, and proceed accordingly.
Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra in an area of mathematics that studies matrices, how they are used, and what can be done with them to solve a problem. They are mostly used for solving a system of equations in order to determine the answers. I have studied many areas of LA, not only the theoretical part but also the application's part. My major application area has been in engineering and related math and science areas. I am able to help a student understand so that he can do the work without any assistance.
Logic
Logic is nothing more than an application of the logical part of the brain. We can use symbols to represent not only what certain statements say but also can use other symbols to specify specific meanings, ex, using 'V' to represent an 'OR' situation as in 'it is raining OR is it sunny" After using these symbols, we can then apply the many rules of logic to determine the validity of one's conjectures. Sometimes we can determine a total truth - ie a tautology, and other time it will not be true, ie a contradiction. In many ways, this area of study is fairly easy; however, it does get a little more difficult when proofs are required. I have already helped many students in this area.
MATLAB
MatLab is a computer software program using the general syntaxing of both C and Java. MatLab allows one the ability to either write the code for the problem at hand or to use built-in programs that can assist to get the calculation complete. It is extremely helpful for both matrices and graphing. I have had many experiences programming in MatLAb using both user-written as well as internal-progs and even combining these 2 items into a streamline matLab computer program. I also know both C and Java and can therefore implement programs reasonably efficiently. I also studied this area in the area of engineering applications. In addition, I have already helped and tutored clients in this area and they have all been successful. References available if required. Finally, I have written the MatLab certification test for Wyzant tutors who desire to teach/tutor this subject area.
Mechanical Engineering
I am a former professional engineer which requires 2 areas of state approval and testing, the FET portion on the 1st day, and the more detailed test on the 2nd day. I understand my engineering basics well enough to teach and help student(s) wanting to improve their FET skills. I have experience with mechanical engineering, as well as chemical, electrical, and civil engineering.
Physics
I have helped students with various levels of Physics, including high school and college and have done both general and engineering physics work. I will usually make sure that in whatever level we are working that the mathematics is solid for the calculations and work to be done.
Prealgebra
I have dynamic experience with all phases of P_Alg whether trying to bring student's grade up or trying to advance them in honors classes. My method advances familiarity at all levels. I have very high success rates and am extremely dependable.
Precalculus
Excellent in all items of precal including regular, IB, honors, and PAP level students. Refer to my profile for details.
Statistics
I have had to study and do both basic and advanced probability and statistics as part of my engineering studies. I have both taught statistics and also tutored many WyzAnt students in this area. In some cases I have to help them with their math to make sure it is correct in order to obtain the exact statistics calculation values. I am very familiar with using either the TI or Excel to get stats answers. I have also used other software programs; however, have never used SPSS. References are available.