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James W.

San Diego, CA

$35/hour

Physics and Mathematics Tutor with Negotiable Rates

Background check passed as of 10/7/13
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— Carol, San Diego, CA on 10/14/15

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Purdue University
Bachelor of Science in Physics

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Purdue University (Bachelor of Science in Physics)

About James

*** My rates are negotiable. Message me for details ***

I am an experienced academic tutor who is sincerely concerned with your progress and development as a learner and an individual. My tutoring sessions are results driven, and I strive to enable all of my students to achieve that elusive state of being known as Metacognition. This means that 'you know what you know, what you don't know, and how to fix it.'

I am 28 years old and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Purdue University.
I would be happy to help guide you through your mathematics, chemistry, and physics coursework.

I specialize in Physics tutoring. I have experience tutoring for AP and IGCSE curriculum modalities, as well as for courses at the University level.

I am currently working through a diploma on Special Education Needs support, and can bring this knowledge to bear when planning tutorials for those in gifted and talented programs (or those requiring other SEN provisions, such as ADHD or dyslexia).


Best Regards,

James W.

"I am like a runner that gets a kick out of sweating, I get a kick out of thinking!" (-Richard Feynman ~Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Laureate)

"One morning while eating my Wheaties,
I felt the earth move 'neath my feeties.
The cause for alarm
Was a long lever-arm,
At the end of which grinned Archimedes."
-David M.
*** My rates are negotiable. Message me for details ***

I am an experienced academic tutor who is sincerely concerned with your progress and development as a learner and an individual. My tutoring sessions are results driven, and I strive to enable all of my students to achieve that elusive state of being known as Metacognition. This
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Algebra 1

"Algebra I" is all about learning the rudiments of factoring. This is a fancy way of saying "multiplication and division", except now you are using letters in place of numbers.

This is something that confuses a lot of students, as the "variable" isn't as transparent as a simple number.

If you are having trouble translating the words into math (or vice versa), don't worry, a lot of people have the same issue!

I would be happy to help you with "Algebra I".

Algebra 2

Algebra, derived from the Baghdad phrase Al Jabar - is the restoration of broken parts. Algebra II is a continuation of the topics contained in Algebra I, and focuses on solving systems of linear equations, as well as trigonometric identities.

I strive to have students see through the equations, and realize the power of mathematical skills in their day-to-day life. By raising their confidence level in recognition, recall and proper application of the esoteric vocabulary of mathematics, I find that students can pick up the concepts fairly quickly.

Calculus

Archimedes hinted to the methods of Calculus when he found the value of pi by a limiting procedure. In the late 1600’s, these methods were greatly expanded upon to solve THE problem of motion. A young Isaac Newton asked the following question: “If an apple falls, does the moon also fall?” In the ten years or so it took to formulate his answer, Newton invented Calculus and discovered the Universal Law of Gravitation. This was an incredible breakthrough, and has changed the path of science in every conceivable way since.

As Herbert Butterfield notes in his book “Origins of Science”: “Of all the intellectual hurdles which the human mind has confronted and has overcome in the last fifteen hundred years the one which seems to me to have been the most amazing in character and the most stupendous in the scope of its consequences is the one relating to the problem of motion”

Calculus is all about the immensely ‘big’ and infinitesimally ‘small’. Just as Arithmetic and Algebra revolve around their respective “Fundamental Theorems”, so too does Calculus. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus does for differentiation what the nth-root does for exponentiation in Arithmetic. With this powerful gem of a technique, one no longer has to think so deeply about what the operation means, and can apply a pragmatic approach: “Calculus for the Practical Man”.

I would be happy to guide you through developing an understanding of the practical applications of this wonderful subject, Calculus. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me. Also, please note that I have a rather extensive blog detailing these and several other extracurricular topics. I welcome you to peruse the blog at your leisure.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Chemistry

Chemistry is a fundamental science and must be learned before any deep understanding of Biology or Physics can be achieved. Because Chemistry is so well-established, people often have trouble breaking through the memorization barrier. The only way to break through this barrier is to make the Periodic Table your best friend.

I am here to help you realize what a powerful tool the Periodic Table of Elements truly is, and how knowledge of it will carry over into virtually every scientific endeavor.

Differential Equations

When the study of differential equations is applied to scientific endeavors, the opportunities to apply the "complicated" mathematics become endless.

The paradigm of Physics is that something is vibrating, and it is up to you to find out what it is! The knowledge contained within a standard course on Ordinary or Partial Differential Equations should guide you to the answer.

The topics covered include the study of the Method of Undetermined Coefficients, the Method of Variation of Parameters, Partial Fraction Decomposition, or the Method of Integrating Factors; among others. I can help guide you through this thicket!

Geometry

I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within Geometry.

While studying Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus, I obtained a bird's eye view of Geometry. The topics covered include the study of the Euclidean/Plane Geometry, Conic Sections, the coordinate plane, polygons, and higher-dimensional geometry. A large majority of the problems will be word problems, all of which will have real-life applications.

Linear Algebra

Quantum Mechanics, one of my favorite subjects as an undergraduate Physics major (the other being Optics), is a theory written in the language of Linear Algebra. If you are struggling with all of these "subspaces" and "dimensions", I would be happy to help you reason through it.

The topics covered in a typical Linear Algebra course include vector spaces, dimension, linear mappings, determinants, eigenvalue and eigenvector problems, and systems of linear equations; among others.

Organic Chemistry

While an undergraduate at Purdue University, I took numerous Chemistry courses. I am experienced in General and Organic Chemistry at the University level.

I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within General and Organic Chemistry through hands on learning. All of my courses are designed to incorporate your involvement through an inquiry based approach: developing skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, as well as how to actively participate in discussions with mathematical rigor.

The topics covered include the study of IUPAC nomenclature, covalent bonding and the shapes of molecules, Molecular Orbital Theory, stereochemistry and chirality, acids and bases, reactions of functional groups, nucleophilic substitution (SN1, SN2), infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and mass spectroscopy.

Physics

Physics has evolved quite rapidly in the three hundred some years since it’s classical rebirth. Unfortunately, one reflection of this fact is that introductory physics textbooks have become encyclopedic in scope, leaving many students overwhelmed and exasperated.

Physics, the study of forces and their interactions, can be broken down into several core subjects:
- Mathematical Methods
- Classical Mechanics (including the Special and General Theory of Relativity)
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Thermal and Statistical Physics
- Quantum Mechanics (Nuclear and Particle Physics)

I would be happy to guide you through developing an understanding of these core subjects of physics. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Prealgebra

The topics covered in a typical Pre-Algebra course include the study of multiplication tables, fractions, multiplying negative numbers, graphing skills, and basic equation solving.

This is all very similar to what you will see on standardized tests such as the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, or others.

Precalculus

Pre-Calculus is an extension of Algebra, which is used to prepare for Calculus courses. The topics of study include, but are not limited to: an introduction to limits, rates of change, differentiation, and integration. A large majority of the problems will be word problems, all of which will have real-life applications.

I would be happy to help you with Pre-Calculus.

Trigonometry

I am here to help will help you to acquire an in-depth understanding of basic concepts within Trigonometry.

The topics covered include the study of lengths, angles, and areas in triangles; trigonometric functions for triangles; functions; basic navigation; determining the height of an object; estimation of the width of a river; and the Pythagorean Theorem.

Purdue University
Bachelor of Science in Physics

Education

Purdue University (Bachelor of Science in Physics)

James W is a great tutor — Not only did James help her with her current work but went much further teaching her to better "read the text book" and is providing some extra problems of his own to make sure she gets the concepts for their next session. Some tutors seem to just want to get the work done - James is helping her learn. ...

— Carol, San Diego, CA on 10/14/15

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Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

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James will travel within 20 miles of San Diego, CA 92102.