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Mark M.

Tempe, AZ

$45/hour

Math, Science, Engineering, and Education

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Arizona State University
Mechanical Eng.
Arizona State University
Master's
Arizona State University
PhD

Education

Arizona State University (Mechanical Eng.)

Arizona State University (Master's)

Arizona State University (PhD)

About Mark

My name is Mark, and I'm a teacher and engineer who has studied mechanical engineering and related fields extensively (PhD, Arizona State University, 2013). I very much enjoy guiding people as they figure out the world around us. My deepest background is in math and science (and their application in engineering), but I have read widely, written a good deal, and taught composition, rhetoric, and even programming (all to engineering students at ASU). Examining, reasoning, and communicating are crucial skills, and I want others to enjoy their employment as much as I do.

I have had the privilege of tutoring many students in recent years, and have also taught a number of courses at ASU. My goal in education is to get the student involved, interested, asking questions, and generally excited about the material. In any subject, I want the student to understand why and how to appreciate the material (since I know not everybody will love it). The outcome I want is an educationally satisfied student who is equipped for further independent learning.

Tutoring gives the student the immeasurable advantage of face-to-face discourse, allowing immediate feedback and targeted teaching. If you are interested in group sessions, such as study groups or homeschool co-ops, please inquire and provide an outline of the size, extent, and goal of the group. I will be happy to work with you. I am willing to tutor most ages, though my strengths best align with older students (undergraduate and high-school), because I expect a great deal of self-motivation. However, younger students have the opportunity to improve their educational trajectory early, potentially saving themselves remedial work later on, and I recognize this as an excellent opportunity.

I am most willing to tutor in or near my home, which is located in Tempe, about midway between McClintock High and MCC. There are several coffee shops nearby, and I am fairly close to both the Tempe library and the Dobson Ranch branch of the Mesa library. Tutoring on the ASU Tempe campus is also possible, if schedules align. I am equipped for online tutoring, if you are interested. Please make sure to tell me your location preferences, and we can plan accordingly.

Thank you for reading, and I welcome the opportunity to assist you in your education.

PS: I am occasionally active as an instructor at ASU, so I am unable to tutor any student who might pose a conflict of interest (e.g.-who is enrolled in a class I teach or in the same course with a different instructor).
My name is Mark, and I'm a teacher and engineer who has studied mechanical engineering and related fields extensively (PhD, Arizona State University, 2013). I very much enjoy guiding people as they figure out the world around us. My deepest background is in Read more

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"Great tutor"

- Hamad, Tempe, AZ on 7/14/16

"Very thorough and clear."

- Jim, Tempe, AZ on 9/10/10
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MATLAB
Elementary Education:
Reading

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Bible Studies

I am a diligent daily reader of the Bible itself, and in addition, have studied a variety of commentators, including Herman Bavinck, Dennis Johnson, Meredith Kline, Michael Horton, Augustine, etc. I have had the privilege to teach through 1 Peter in depth, and have conducted a survey class on the theme of exile from the Old through the New Testaments. It must be acknowledged that Bible study is a subject in which I am personally invested, and it is such a large and ancient topic that I can only represent a certain portion of it. Please contact me if you are interested, and see if my studies may be applicable to your needs.

Calculus

I completed the usual three semesters of calculus for the engineering curriculum (up to multivariable vector calculus), but have pursued applied mathematics during my MS and PhD coursework as well (perturbations, nonlinear dynamics, and partial diff-eqs). Every subject in engineering employs calculus at some level, and while I am not a mathematician, I have extensively applied this wonderful tool constructed by Newton and Leibniz.

Differential Equations

Differential Equations (MAT 274 at ASU) was part of my standard engineering curriculum, and I received an A- in the course. That course was taken in Spring 2005, using the Boice-DiPrima ODE book, which has been a standard text for over twenty years, and is an excellent reference. Additionally, I have applied the concepts of differential equations across my engineering curriculum, in classes such as Dynamics, Controls, Heat Transfer, Numerical Methods, & Fluid Mechanics.

I took Partial Differential Equations (MAT 462), the extension beyond ODEs, in Spring 2010. This course deals with multivariable equations, and is a applicable to courses such as Chaos Theory, Advanced Heat Transfer, and other graduate studies. The course depends heavily on the principles learned in ODEs.

MATLAB

MATLAB is an excellent computational tool, which I learned and have applied throughout my engineering education. MATLAB was taught to me first in Numerical Methods at ASU and from there I applied it in almost every course, as well as in the aerospace industry. I have used MATLAB to read/write images, handle data files, solve a year-long solar tracking program in the design of a water boiler, and much more. Finally, I had the privilege to teach several sections of the MAE215 Introduction to MATLAB course at ASU as I finished up my PhD. If you have difficulties getting off the ground in MATLAB, please contact me, and I would be happy to help you get in the driver's seat of this powerful program.

Mechanical Engineering

I started in Mechanical Engineering at ASU in the spring of 2004, after spending a semester in the business school. In seven semesters, I completed the program of study with a GPA of 3.55 and an emphasis on energy transfer and power. Thermodynamics, heat transfer, and power systems were my favorite areas of study, and in my professional experience I have applied principles of those fields as well as statics, and stress & strain. Immediately after graduation, I took (and passed) the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and I am a registered EIT in Arizona.

In my graduate studies, I have taken Chaos Theory, PDEs, Solar Thermal Energy Systems, Advanced Heat Transfer, two semesters of Nuclear Reactor Theory, Perturbation Methods, Combustion, and Advanced Thermo. My graduate GPA is 3.70 at this time, and I am pursuing Statistical Physics and Fluid Dynamics in the fall of 2011. If you are struggling with your MechE education, especially with thermo or heat-transfer related topics, please let me know. These subjects are so much fun, and there are so many ways to think about them, that I think it's sad when people are struggling, and I want to help them get it. Please get in touch if you'd like enthusiastic help on your engineering concepts, homework, test prep, etc.

Physics

Engineering is the externalization of physics, and as a mechanical engineer, I have studied and applied physics at many levels in my work, particularly in kinetics and thermodynamics. Thus, I am very comfortable discussing typical first-semester physics and thermal physics. Though I satisfactorily completed electomagnetics and apply certain principles in this field in my work, I typically do not tutor E&M.

Precalculus

I have tutored precalculus with a handful of college students, in addition to my extensive background tutoring and using calculus. I have a high regard for mathematics, and seek to help students navigate the transition between algebra and calculus conceptually, in addition to obtaining and mastering the mathematical tools.

Reading

The greatest influence on my philosophy of reading came from Mortimer Adler's "How to Read a Book: The Art of Getting a Liberal Education". Though I had read extensively all my life, Adler's philosophy of reading intensively, for structure, content, then finally critical engagement, is a tremendous aid to approaching any work, even for an experienced reader. The Russians are among my favorite authors -Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Solzhenitsyn, in particular, while in nonfiction I have found much to appreciate in Lewis, Ruskin, Pieper, Newman, Susan Wise Bauer, and the classics.

To teach reading beyond the level of simple proficiency is largely to guide readings and discuss the text. At this level, reading is an exploration of the mind of another, and can be taught only as it is being practiced. At the level of proficiency, I hold to a (perhaps old-fashioned) phonics and building-blocks approach to language, with a high regard for grammar and word roots.

Writing

It has been my privilege to mentor a number of students through an ASU internship course that required fairly extensive writing. I have worked with resumes, cover letters, abstracts, and general paper-editing. I am also an active referee for the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer and the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.

Arizona State University
Mechanical Eng.
Arizona State University
Master's
Arizona State University
PhD

Education

Arizona State University (Mechanical Eng.)

Arizona State University (Master's)

Arizona State University (PhD)

Great tutor — He was knowledgeable about the subject and very patient. He is a nice respectful guy. Pricing is fair. I highly recommend him. ...

— Hamad, Tempe, AZ on 7/14/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Please inquire about group-tutoring rates.

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 4 miles of Tempe, AZ 85281.