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I am retired from a consulting practice in engineering after 55 years. I took my degrees in chemical engineering because chemical engineers do everything other engineers do plus chemistry. This enabled me to step into unfamiliar situations and succeed by applying the fundamentals of chemistry, physics and mathematics.
In tutoring, I take the same approach. I look for the area or areas where the student is struggling. This may be in the fundamentals of the subject, in some particular procedure, in the approach to the subject. or it may be one of attitude. I seek the most appropriate means of dealing with all of these and more.
I have found, in the course of mentoring many young engineers, that how one thinks about a subject can have a profound influence. Hence my initial approach is to inquire into one's thinking on a subject.
Algebra is such an integral part of engineering calculations that it becomes a main stay of engineering. Moreover, algebra forms the basis for the rigorous thinking of the rest of mathematics, which carries over to other pursuits as well.
My approach to tutoring is to discern the student's learning style and adapt the instruction to fit. Additionally, I hope to instill an appreciation for math through my enthusiasm for the subject.
Algebra is the ground work for the rest mathematics, and uts importance cannot be over stressed.
As an engineer, I make use of algebra daily. It is an integral tool of higher mathematics as well as of great utility in itself. In addition, algebra is a means for training the mind to think logically. Before joining WyzAnt, I tutored several students in algebra at all levels - beginning with my own children (each with a different learning style). Also I taught algebra in the Navy.
I put emphasis on fundamentals as a thorough understanding makes application easy. I take each lesson and use it to build the next lesson so that the student sees the inter-relationships of mathematics. In the process, I hope to instill an appreciation for the power of mathematics.
I am a retired Chemical Engineer. I graduated from MIT and as an undergraduate took three terms of calculus and one term of differential equations. In graduate school, at MIT, I took one term of advanced calculus. Since then, I have made extensive use of calculus in my practice as a consulting engineer.
The calculus is a beautiful thing. You can do so very much with it. And it can be great fun. This is what I hope to instill in my students.
I have a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from MIT.
I have spent fifty five years practicing the discipline as applied to plastics, rubber, inorganic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, fire research, solid and gelled rocket propulsion.
As an undergraduate in chemical engineering at MIT, one takes all the same chemistry courses as a chemistry major. This included two terms of inorganic chemistry, two terms of inorganic laboratory, two term of analytical chemistry with laboratory, two term of organic chemistry, and two terms of physical chemistry. Om addition, chemistry was imbedded in the chemical engineering courses. For a chemical engineer, chemistry is a daily exercise as it is the basis for chemical engineering.
Chemistry has so many applications that it has been an endless fascination for me. In tutoring, I try to pass along my enthusiasm for chemistry as well a seeing that the student understands the fundamentals. Mu goal is to have the student learn to think chemistry - not just regurgitate facts.
Geometry is a tool used daily by engineers. It is integral to more advanced mathematics used in engineering. I could not conduct my consulting practice without it.
My instruction in geometry began with classical Euclidean proof of theorem. Not only did I learn geometry, but I learned logic. Each subsequent math course made use of or expanded the subject of geometry. At MIT, analytical geometry was taught as part of calculus.
My intention in tutoring geometry is to instill in the student an appreciation for the fundamental nature of geometry as well as a clear understanding of the principles. Moreover, I hope to develop the rigorous thinking that will carryover to future learning.
I have a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from MIT. As undergraduate chemical engineers take all the same chemistry courses as Chemistry majors. This includes two terms of organic chemistry plus two terms of organic chemistry laboratory. Since then I have applied the principles of organic chemistry in solid rocket propellants, stabilizing gelled fuels, rubber processing and compounding, hazardous waste remediation. and food processing to name a few applications in my career as a Consulting Engineer.
As an engineer, I use all levels of mathematics in my work each day. The concepts presented in pre-algebra are a part of the routine calculations of engineering.
My approach in tutoring is to bring the student to understand the principle involved and then to build on that to gain more knowledge. I also hope to instill an appreciation for mathematics that will carry over to future studies.
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