I come at this compassionately and enthusiastically--learning is awesome, chemistry and math are awesome, and no one is beyond help. I'll ask you where you are starting from, without judgment, and we'll both start from that point. I won't give you the answers, but I will guide you to them. I want to help you communicate your knowledge. Lab reports, papers, presentations--we can work on them together.
So who am I and where have I come from? I earned my BS in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College (don't worry if you've never heard of it--if you have, though, you'll probably have heard that it's a small, intensive tech school that requires both breadth and depth of knowledge). While I was there, I graded and tutored for the school's organic chemistry series for a couple of years. I found that I really enjoyed math, too, and was almost a math major.
When I graduated I wanted to use all that science I'd learned, so I spent three years working as a synthetic organic chemist doing pharmaceutical R&D. Organic chemistry scares a lot of people, but I've made my living with it and I love it. My interests in chemistry/physics/math/engineering led me straight a MS in materials science and engineering from UW. Basically, MSE is the discipline of making, investigating, and using cool stuff--where "stuff" is anything from nanoparticles to the composites in Boeing airplanes.
And since I couldn't stay away from chemistry for long... I started working on my PhD in the UW chemistry department, doing research on enzymes in the middle of analytical, organic, and biological chemistry. At the UW, I've TAed intro materials science and engineering (lecture/lab) and organic chemistry (lecture and lab). Office hours were my favorite part of my work there because I got to help individual students understand the science. I understand that a lot of students need to get through the classes--I certainly don't expect everyone to love the same things I do, but I do hope that my passion for these fields helps other people understand them.
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