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Tom N.

Claremont, CA

$35/hr

Strong proficiency in elementary and advanced mathematics

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Master's
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Master's

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Univ of Cincinnati

Univ of Washington (Master's)

Univ of Southern Cal (Master's)

About Tom

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.
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… Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Claremont, CA 91711
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"A Proven Tutor"

- Dawn , Claremont, CA on 2/24/15

"Very Patient"

- Carolyn, Claremont, CA on 11/9/14

"Excellent Tutor"

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"Highly recommended!"

- Eric, Glendora, CA on 1/13/14

"Great Tutor"

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"Doesn't need a calculator"

- Clay, Ontario, CA on 3/31/13

"Great Tutor"

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"Very Knowledgeable Tutor"

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"Great First Session"

- Daksha, Diamond Bar, CA on 10/31/11

"Very helpful!"

- Sara, Upland, CA on 10/27/11
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Geometry, Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry, Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus

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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

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.

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.

Univ of Cincinnati
Univ of Washington
Master's
Univ of Southern Cal
Master's

Education

Univ of Cincinnati

Univ of Washington (Master's)

Univ of Southern Cal (Master's)

A Proven Tutor — This is our first experience using a tutor and we can't be happier. Our son needed help with Algebra 2, so we read the profiles of various tutors and our son chose Tom. I can't say enough good things about Tom. He is very professional, polite, punctual and most importantly, he knows how to teach. He is a very patient man and went above and beyond to make sure that our son understood the material. ...

— Dawn , Claremont, CA on 2/24/15

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Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

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