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Tom N.

Strong proficiency in elementary and advanced mathematics

Strong proficiency in elementary and advanced mathematics

$35/hour

  • 1,104 hours tutoring

  • Claremont, CA 91711

About Tom


Bio

I am currently retired from the space industry after 34 years with the Department of Defense. I worked at the Space and Missile Systems Center as a Senior Systems Engineer. I worked with civilian contractors overseeing their design and development of various types of satellites that are used by the military. My duties required me to have a strong background in Mathematics and Physics in order to make sure that the contractor was properly following specifications and standards as outlined by...

I am currently retired from the space industry after 34 years with the Department of Defense. I worked at the Space and Missile Systems Center as a Senior Systems Engineer. I worked with civilian contractors overseeing their design and development of various types of satellites that are used by the military. My duties required me to have a strong background in Mathematics and Physics in order to make sure that the contractor was properly following specifications and standards as outlined by the Air Force Space Command.

I also am a retired Colonel from the Air Force Reserves and have extensive experience in supervising all types of personnel. I am very detail oriented and thorough in explaining and outlining approaches to solving problems. I believe in getting immersed in a subject by doing a lot of examples and covering all steps in a solution. I still attend classes as an auditor at the Harvey Mudd Engineering College in areas such as Theoretical Mechanics and Quantum Chemistry. So I am still proficient in both the elementary and advanced levels of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus and Differential Equations. I solve problems in these subjects as a means of mental exercising and staying proficient in the latest developments relating to the various computer tools for solving very difficult problems.

I know what it is like to be a student and how frustrating solving math and physics problems can be. I would help a student to become more confident in learning the subjects since I have been there and done that.


Education

Univ of Cincinnati
undergrad
Univ of Washington
Masters
Univ of Southern Cal
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $35
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 12 miles of Claremont, CA 91711
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/26/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Homeschool

Calculus,

Calculus

I have a strong background in calculus due to profession as an electrical engineer and the fact that I hold two Master's degrees one of which is in Geophysics and the other is in electrical engineering. Both of these career fields required a strong grasp of calculus, differential equations and physics. Also I have been tutoring students who have taken AP calculus at the AB and BC level. The minimum score by any of them was a 4 and this person bypassed the AB exam and took the BC exam. All of the other scores were 5 s.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math

Math

Calculus,

Calculus

I have a strong background in calculus due to profession as an electrical engineer and the fact that I hold two Master's degrees one of which is in Geophysics and the other is in electrical engineering. Both of these career fields required a strong grasp of calculus, differential equations and physics. Also I have been tutoring students who have taken AP calculus at the AB and BC level. The minimum score by any of them was a 4 and this person bypassed the AB exam and took the BC exam. All of the other scores were 5 s.
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

In the 23 years that I worked for the Department of the Air Force a majority of it was spent on working on projects that involved pointing and tracking systems that would eventually be used for weapons in space. The work that I did as the lead control systems engineer on each involved having to develop advanced feedback loops that accurately pointed at a target and minimized jitter. To do this required the use of second order differential equations and Laplace transforms. I also was involved in developing an advanced navigation filter based on Kalman filter theory for use in an advanced fighter/bomber for the Navy at China Lake. This necessitated the use of Fourier transform theory and partial differential equations. This filter is currently being used in the A6E aircraft. In my last few years with the Department of the Air Force I spent my technical time looking at radiation effects on materials in space on a satellite. This required good working of Electrodynamics specifically Maxwell's equations and electric circuit theory which requires the use of differential equations and a good working knowledge of Bessel functions and spherical harmonics. I am a co-holder of two patents that deal with the effects of electrostatic discharge effects on materials and the prevention of this type of phenomenon. I hold a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering as a credential.
Electrical Engineering,

Electrical Engineering

I am qualified to tutor subjects in electrical engineering since I have a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. My course work covered control systems, power systems,transform theory, and circuit analysis both direct current and alternating current. I also spent the last ten years of my employment with the Department of the Air Force as a senior systems engineer in the spacecraft power section overseeing the development and implementation of power systems such as solar cells, batteries,and flywheels into military satellite systems.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

As to my background and credentials in this area I spent 23 years working for the Department of the Air Force overseeing the design and testing of feedback and control systems that were used in programs such as Talon Gold which was a pointing and tracking laser weapon for use in space. When SDI came into existence this program was changed to a new program called Pathfinder but with the same mission. These programs required the knowledge and use of state space and linear system principles which are based on a major use of linear algebra and differential equations to assure system stability. I have also worked in space radiation effects on materials and am a co-holder of two patents on Electrostatic Discharge effects as to their root cause and prevention. The credential that I hold is a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Calculus,

Calculus

I have a strong background in calculus due to profession as an electrical engineer and the fact that I hold two Master's degrees one of which is in Geophysics and the other is in electrical engineering. Both of these career fields required a strong grasp of calculus, differential equations and physics. Also I have been tutoring students who have taken AP calculus at the AB and BC level. The minimum score by any of them was a 4 and this person bypassed the AB exam and took the BC exam. All of the other scores were 5 s.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Science

Electrical Engineering,

Electrical Engineering

I am qualified to tutor subjects in electrical engineering since I have a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. My course work covered control systems, power systems,transform theory, and circuit analysis both direct current and alternating current. I also spent the last ten years of my employment with the Department of the Air Force as a senior systems engineer in the spacecraft power section overseeing the development and implementation of power systems such as solar cells, batteries,and flywheels into military satellite systems.
Physics

Summer

Calculus,

Calculus

I have a strong background in calculus due to profession as an electrical engineer and the fact that I hold two Master's degrees one of which is in Geophysics and the other is in electrical engineering. Both of these career fields required a strong grasp of calculus, differential equations and physics. Also I have been tutoring students who have taken AP calculus at the AB and BC level. The minimum score by any of them was a 4 and this person bypassed the AB exam and took the BC exam. All of the other scores were 5 s.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Physics, SAT Math

Test Preparation

SAT Math

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.9 (388 ratings)
5 star
(349)
4 star
(33)
3 star
(6)
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(0)
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Reviews

great physics tutor

He has been helping me with my general physics college courses, and it has been really helpful. I send him some problems I want to go over before the tutor session that he will work out before we meet. During the meeting, he will explain the solution step by step until I understand it. He is very familiar with the book that I use in my class and knows exactly where to look for the correct equations, and will explain why those equations are needed for specific problems as well. He is very patient and helpful whenever I am still confused and will keep going over the problem until it makes sense to me. When there is extra time in the session, he also presents some extra examples to help me understand as well, in case a similar problem shows up on a quiz or exam.

Mildred, 9 lessons with Tom

Patient & knowledgeable

Very patient and explains in different ways to get the message across. My son stays after school to get help from his calculus teacher at least three days a week but he doesn’t get as much out of it as with Tom

Karine, 26 lessons with Tom

Super Smart

Tom is so smart and patient. He explains things well. I was able to keep up with him. I feel more confident with Pre Calculus and will continue to book sessions with him.

Chris, 2 lessons with Tom

Helpful With Vector Statics

Tom is so helpful and really knows his mathematics!! Meeting up with him has really helped and strength my understanding on the subject!! This is my second class I meet up with Tom and will definetly continue to seek him out on my future engineering courses. Thanks a lot Tom!

Judy, 5 lessons with Tom

Geometry tutoring

He has helped my son raise his geometry grade from a B+ to an A-. He helped find my son's knowledge gaps and fill them in. He has been flexible with our ever-changing schedule.

Danielle, 4 lessons with Tom

Great tutor for the tough classes

Tom works to address his student's needs. We appreciate his support every meeting.He is also able to meet in various locations around the school area, and responds to requests even a few days before finals, if he can.

Mary, 10 lessons with Tom

Great tutor!

Tom is great! Today we went over some problems I was having trouble with in my physics class. He did the problem himself before we met up and showed me step by step how to do it.

Rodrigo, 2 lessons with Tom

Knowledgeable & Helpful

Extremely knowledgeable and explains things in detail but simplified for ease of understanding. He is a patient instructor with a working knowledge of the math my student requires.

Yantong, 16 lessons with Tom

Very patient

We went over worksheets given by my teacher to help me with and exam. He was able to help me with all of my questions. I feel better prepared for my exam than before our lesson. Thank you Tom!

Kailyn, 1 lesson with Tom

Excellent Algebra 2 Tutor

My son was ill and missed several weeks of school. Tom helped him complete assignments he missed during his absence. Tom was very thorough about explaining the process of solving equations. He went through each step of the problems and made sure my son understood how to solve the problems on his own. We will be using Tom again.

Kelli, 8 lessons with Tom

$35/hour

Tom N.

$35/hour

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