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Michael D.

Oxnard, CA

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Background check passed as of 2/21/16
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Central Washington University
Physics and Chemistry
Purdue
Master's

Education

Central Washington University (Physics and Chemistry)

Purdue (Master's)

About Michael

I have an MS in physical chemistry awarded by Purdue University for work performed in the study of chemical physics. I have successfully completed Michigan State University’s teaching program course work. I am a certified trainer for operation and calibration of analytical and robotic instruments. I have held the following positions: Conejo Valley Tutor; Associate Professor Grand Valley State University Physics; Michigan State University Education Program honor student; Purdue general chemistry and physical chemistry lab instructor; Purdue ‘Mathematics for Physical Chemistry’ course instructor- a short course in non-Euclidean geometry, linear algebra, group theory, and tensors; and lab instructor for general chemistry and physics during my junior and senior years at Central Washington University in pursuit of my double major in Physics and Chemistry with minor in Mathematics.

I taught algebra at both the high school and college level to a wide variety of learners. I have a current continued daily familiarity with algebra, statistics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and group theory as a part of my “light” reading and the “tools” I use to accomplish my work. My Michigan education program course work includes understanding the psychology of education and a variety of learning modalities. I use that understanding to present the concepts required in a way that makes sense. I can teach physics principles with and without the calculus tools. I have taught calculus for the business student. I have taught finite math.

Currently, my schedule is quite flexible for a tutoring session. Selecting me gives you the best advantage in today's schools, getting you the best grades possible!
I have an MS in physical chemistry awarded by Purdue University for work performed in the study of chemical physics. I have successfully completed Michigan State University’s teaching program course work. I am a certified trainer Read more

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24 hours notice required

The full fee is charged for a cancellation that has not been approved. Informing me after I have begun to drive for the session is not an approved cancellation.

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Travels within 40 miles of Oxnard, CA 93033
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In-person lessons

" Great Tutor"

- Stacey, Camarillo, CA on 10/26/16

"Passionate and patient"

- Andre, Calabasas, CA on 4/29/16

"Amazing Tutor!"

- Vivian, Calabasas, CA on 2/29/16
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math, Elementary Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry,
Organic Chemistry,
Physical Science, Physics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

I use these tools daily: determining what I am spending at the grocery store or might need later for gas; making predictions from sets of data in the chemistry lab; and predicting costs of an operation.

The Michigan State Teachers Education courses I completed showed me better ways to present algebra to students that need a different approach.

I struggled in high school understanding these concepts, so I can really identify with those that are also having a difficult time.

I think I can change your algebra experience to complete success!

Algebra 2

I use these tools daily: making predictions from sets of data in the chemistry lab, and predicting costs of an operation.

What is algebra II as opposed to algebra I?
It is of course an extension of the concepts first explored in algebra I.

My mastery of the tools required for my career require a pretty strong ability with all of the ideas that fall under the umbrella ‘algebra’. That ability extends to “you only really know something when you can teach it”. I have to admit I had to refresh my memory when it comes to the mechanism of dividing a polynomial by one of its factors to obtain another polynomial. It’s not something I do regularly, but the rest of the tools are used daily. Solving polynomials for roots was once a ‘game’ as is Sudoku with prizes. My ‘lite’ reading is books on the development of mathematics; the origin of the logarithm, the origin of complex numbers, the origin of zero, etc. I am able to tell my students the why rather than just the how to do it.

I think I can change your algebra experience to complete success!

Chemistry

I have taught these concepts as a matter of course in training employees to handle materials in a laboratory environment. I have a masters in the subject and I am very current with the science.

My career is chemistry and physics applications to research in environmental, material, and pharmaceutical science.

I have been tutoring students learning in both vocational and academic environs since having mastered the materials as an undergraduate student and instructing as a lab assistant.

Differential Equations

I have taught differential equations as part of graduate student program at Purdue University to fellow Physical Chemistry students in the program. I have mastered graduate-level physics mechanics, quantum mechanics, and electromagnetics materials that use differential equations in the general solution of the associated field equations.

Geometry

My educational background includes study and teaching geometry to colleagues to enable calculation of areas and volumes that typically are involved in chemistry and physics. This includes proofs of relationships between angles and line segments found in constructed triangles, cylinders, spheres, etc that are used to bound fields.

I have strong understanding of non-Euclidean concepts ands consequently a strong grounding in Euclid's geometry and construction of proofs from the elements.

Successful analysis of physical systems requires a fundamental grounding in the principles of geometry and ability to teach this analysis and the proofs that are associated that follow from the theorems.

Organic Chemistry

I have a career in using organic chemistry principles to solve chemical problems in pharmaceutical research and development. I completed coursework at the graduate level in this subject.

Physics

I am an Associate Professor of Physics having held that position while teaching students at Grand Valley State University. My career is chemistry and physics applications to research in environmental, material, and pharmaceutical science. I have performed research on electromagnetic systems in an industrial setting.

I have a mastery of Physics at a graduate level where most of my study involved classical and quantum mechanics, eletromagnetic theory, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, optics, special and general relativity, and the associated mathematics.

I have been tutoring students learning in both vocational and academic environs since having mastered the materials as an undergraduate student.

Precalculus

My mastery of the tools required for my career as a physicist requires a pretty strong ability with all of the ideas that fall under the umbrella ‘precalculus.’

That ability extends to “you only really know something when you can teach it.”

My 'light' reading is books on the development of mathematics: the origin of the logarithm, the origin of complex numbers, the origin of zero, etc.

Cell population exponential or geometric growth and radioactive decay as well as determining what is happing with my investments are daily examples of relationships I must know to predict outcomes in the lab and at the bank that require understanding exponents and logs. Trig relations using Law of Sines or Cosines are used in proofs of congruency of triangles and in some three body analysis of bond angles between atoms in a molecule -- that's probably not a daily concern but it comes in handy when studying for an aptitude exam. Solving systems of equations is routine for chemical equilibria and physical equilibria where use of matrices and substitution is usually invoked to arrive at predictions for motion or rates or concentrations. Predictions of entropy values requires one to have a pretty good handle on how to treat sums of series, the log value of these as the number of values in the series heads to infinity, zero point energy terms as a function of combinations using factorial or permutations.

I am able to tell my students the why rather than just the how to do it.

I can change your precalculus experience to complete success!

Central Washington University
Physics and Chemistry
Purdue
Master's

Education

Central Washington University (Physics and Chemistry)

Purdue (Master's)

" Great Tutor" — My son is in all Advanced and IB classes in high school, so when looking for a tutor I shopped around a bit. Michael D. has been a blessing to us. He was very accommodating with our schedule and communicates with us very well. My Son's comment was "He really knows his stuff". My son is an "A" student in Physics, partly because of Michael's ability to explain the subject better to him and also b ...

— Stacey, Camarillo, CA on 10/26/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

The full fee is charged for a cancellation that has not been approved. Informing me after I have begun to drive for the session is not an approved cancellation.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Oxnard, CA 93033.