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Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, MN. (B.S. Chemistry and B.A Mathematics)
University of California, Irvine (Master's)
Education: Jordan is finishing his Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). His research focuses on developing mathematical models to understand the behavior of molecules relevant to materials (solar cells, LEDs, etc.) and atmospheric chemistry (i.e. air pollution) - this involves applying the principles of physics, chemistry, calculus, geometry, algebra, and other higher mathematics on a daily basis.
Jordan received his M.S. in chemistry from UCI in 2011, and in 2007 he graduated magna cum laude from Saint Cloud State University, in Minnesota, with a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in mathematics. As an undergraduate, Jordan received National Science Foundation fellowships to conduct research at Princeton University, The Georgia Institute of Technology, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Experience: Jordan works primarily with high school and college students taking chemistry, physics, and calculus. At UCI, Jordan teaches general chemistry and scientific computational skills to undergraduate students.
Miscellaneous: As the seventh born of nine children, Jordan has developed a unique capability to connect with almost anyone. When he's not talking in third person, Jordan enjoys traveling and spending time with friends, family, and his cats Finn and Juno. Education: Jordan is finishing his Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). His research focuses on developing mathematical models to understand the behavior of molecules relevant to materials (solar cells, LEDs, etc.) and atmospheric chemistry (i.e.
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Understanding chemistry, physics, and calculus is impossible without a strong foundation in Algebra 2. By far, this course is the single most important math course a student will take.
My passion for Algebra 2 comes from a deep understanding of its importance. As a scientist, I am constantly perusing Algebra 2 textbooks for theorems to use in my research!
My hope is to instill in my students an awareness of the importance of this course, and help them build a solid understanding of the material.
There are two main areas of difficulty that students of chemistry often encounter: 1) understanding chemical principles (concepts), and 2) solving chemistry problems (applied math). I prepare my students for concepts and problem solving by showing them how to think like a chemist - this is undoubtedly the most effective (and enjoyable) way for students to learn chemistry.
My experience teaching chemistry is extensive. I've taught four quarters of general chemistry, one quarter of scientific computing skills, and one quarter of graduate-level physics at UCI. Beyond my teaching responsibilities, I've privately tutored high school and undergraduate students in general chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and inorganic chemistry.