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Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
Loma Linda University - Graduate School (MSPH) (PhD)
I'm currently interested in tutoring college level students or those needing to pass professional examinations that deal with math, physics, or chemistry.
In the past I have used my B.S. in biophysics and Ph.D. in biochemistry in real world applications including starting my own small biotechnology company. In the past 3 years I have been tutoring math, physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. I have found it interesting the difference between applying those subjects to achieve a goal in biotechnology and teaching those subjects.
I have a great deal of flexibility in my schedule and I only take on a few students at the time. I feel the first tutor session is important to determine whether there is a fit or not. There is no charge for the session if there is not a fit (for any reason).
Robert F., Ph.D. I'm currently interested in tutoring college level students or those needing to pass professional examinations that deal with math, physics, or chemistry.
My son enjoys his tutoring and is improving in school. My son and I both are very happy with the lessons. He is a great tutor and we feel very blessed to have him help our children. My son's grade in math is a lot better than before his tutor start helping him. If my son turned in his homework his grade would be excellent. Thank You for doing a great job and being understanding of my son. THANK YOU.
The honors algebra 2 that they were going over seemed to be learn as you go for tutor and student, although Bob was able to explain each problem after reading over it.
Always willing to meet and answer any questions I have no matter how redundant they are. Bob is very knowledgeable, He has many ways of figuring out problems and is consistent in his teaching style.
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Algebra 1 expands on the power of the equal side and methods to solve for variables. To maintain the equal sign, what is done to one side must be done to the other side. Methods (or tricks) to solve for variables include breaking equations down into components to isolate the variable of interest.
Algebra 2 is a further expansion of algebra 1 to solve equations for variables. One purpose of algebra 2 is to further help students identify the appropriate method (trick) for solving an equation. This can be considered pattern recognition and through practice it becomes easier to recognize the "best" process for solving an equation. A key to algebra 2 (like all math) is practice to gain confidence for pattern recognition.
Geometry is a focus on closed figures such as squares, circles, etc. Methods to solve for area inside a closed figure and distance around a closed figure (perimeter) are presented. The simplest closed figure is the triangle and methods to determine equivalence of triangles are presented as well as special cases of right triangles, equilateral triangles, and isosceles triangles.
Organic chemistry is a subset of general chemistry with a focus on hydrocarbons which are the fundamental building blocks of all living entities. An understanding of carbon is essential in organic chemistry. Carbon forms 4 covalent bonds with other elements and itself allowing for formation of chains. A number of fundamental reactions occur with hydrocarbons including Sn2 reactions, E2 elimination, nucleophilic substitution, and electrophilic aromatic substitutions to name a few. Functional groups attached to hydrocarbon chains have specific spectroscopic signatures allowing for detection of functional groups in a sample.
Organic chemistry formed the foundation towards my Ph.D. degree in biochemistry.
The primary purpose of prealgebra is to understand the power of the equal sign. The equal sign is like the fulcrum of a see-saw. For the see-saw to be horizontal both sides need to be equal in weight. The second purpose is to introduce the concept of variables (place holders) and basic methods to solve for a variable. To solve for a variable what is done to one side must be done to the other side to maintain the equal sign.
Precalculus, as the name implies, is a general knowledge of math concepts needed to be successful learning calculus. Precalculus solidifies pattern recognition techniques for solving equations. An important technique is an understanding of determinants as a tool for solving equations. This subject further enhances a students confidence using math techniques to achieve a goal (usually determining the value of a variable).
Trigonometry involves measure of angles in degrees or radians. Using the unit circle (r=1) values for sine, cosine, etc can be calculated. Further manipulation provides for identities to calculate the sum of two angles, the difference of two angles, double angles, and power-reducing identities to name a few. A general knowledge of algebra is required to manipulate the equations used in trigonometry.
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