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Jonathan C.

Denver, CO


Math/Science Tutor with Master's of Science in Engineering

Background check passed as of 9/10/12
4.8 average from 42 ratings
Great teacher for Honors Chemistry.
— Nina, Golden, CO on 12/13/15

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• Colorado School of Mines
• Colorado School of Mines


• Colorado School of Mines

• Colorado School of Mines (Master's)

About Jonathan

Hi! My name is Jon C.

Two of my greatest passions in life are wed in tutoring:
1. My love for math and science, and
2. The great joy that comes from helping others understand difficult material.

I am a Denver, CO area professional who has a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics and a thesis based Masters of Science in Engineering, both from the Colorado School of Mines. I am well-qualified to teach all high school levels and many college level courses.

My graduate coursework leaned heavily towards numerical simulation and modeling. My thesis included some code development in FORTRAN.

Whether you or your child is in middle school, high school or college I want to help.

I do not teach the rote memorization of methods: I shoot for student understanding of the material. By hook or by crook, I work for student comprehension and increased performance. I gauge the effectiveness of my work by the increased student comprehension and mastery of the material.

I invite you to contact me and we can talk about how I can help you or your child.
Hi! My name is Jon C.

Two of my greatest passions in life are wed in tutoring:
1. My love for math and science, and
2. The great joy that comes from helping others
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Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Denver, CO 80214
Background Check: Passed

"Great teacher for Honors Chemistry."

- Nina, Golden, CO on 12/13/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Patty, Littleton, CO on 12/19/12

"Great tutor"

- Tammam, Denver, CO on 11/6/12
ACT Science, Chemistry,
Civil Engineering,
Physical Science, Physics
ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Tax Preparation

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Algebra 1

Algebra 1: the student's first introduction to higher math. I remember being a freshman in high school and seeing the beauty in math and its application to science. This is a person's foundation to a STEM career. As with any structure if the foundation is corrupt it will negatively impact everything else.

Algebra 2

I was introduced to Algebra in high school and have built on this foundation in my pursuit of higher math and its application in the sciences and engineering.

Bible Studies

I have read and studied the Bible consistently over the past 12 years. I also was a youth group leader for a year from 2007-2008. I have preached at two nursing homes over the course of the past year.


I have formally studied Calculus and more advanced math subjects for physics and engineering purposes. I enjoy the topic and love teaching it.


I took my first chemistry class as a sophomore in high school. I loved that general chemistry class! It was my first introduction to quantitative reasoning in the sciences. It was a revelation to me that one could use simple arithmetic ratios to make predictions about the quantity of products from chemical reactions. Before choosing physics as my undergraduate major, I had considered chemistry. The class that caused me to go with Physics was Organic Chemistry I. I got a B in the course, but found out that I didn't have a natural knack to "see" the reactions and what the products would be.

Civil Engineering

I graduated with a Master's of Science degree with a specialty in Civil Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in spring of 2012. I also successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam for Civils.

Differential Equations

I have taken two math classes specific to differential equations: Ordinary Differential Equations and Partial Differential Equations. I have also taken one undergraduate level and one graduate level Engineering Math courses that touched on Differential Equations.

Through my physics and engineering coursework I have used these mathematical techniques to analyze differential equations. These include topics as diverse as thermal physics, mechanics of materials, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics.

I have also taken two graduate level courses that deal with numerical techniques applied to Differential Equations: the Finite Element Method and a Numerical Methods course that presented numerous algorithms implemented in FORTRAN to solve commonly encountered engineering problems.


I used FORTRAN 95 extensively during my thesis work. My advisor's geotechnical excavation program was written in this. I modified this preexisting program for the purposes of my research.


I studied high school geometry and enjoyed this subject's introduction to proofs and the logical structure of math. I have also used geometry throughout later for its applications to other technical fields.

Linear Algebra

I have taken an undergraduate linear algebra course. Upon this foundation I have added much physical application: eigenvalue problems in mechanical stability problems, multi-modal vibratory theory, the use of linear algebra constructs in the Finite Element Method, the construction of stiffness matrices in non-isotropic materials, and the application of linear algebra to describe the mechanical behavior of the very small in quantum mechanics.


Through the course of my graduate studies, I coded over 5000 lines in MATLAB. The bulk of this programming was in the context of two graduate level courses: Soil Dynamics and Advanced Engineering Analysis, where I coded mathematical frameworks and homework, respectively. I also wrote a simple 1-Dimensional Discrete Element Method (DEM) code in MATLAB for a graduate level DEM class. Finally, I wrote scripts to generate input data for the Finite Element Method program at the center of my thesis work in MATLAB.


My undergraduate degree was physics. I pursued physics for two reasons:

1. I found it interesting and challenging, and
2. I have a desire to understand how things work from a basic level.

I still have a love for physics and this enthusiasm spills over when helping somebody with understanding it.


I have experience in tutoring more advanced topics in math, but a good grasp of the preliminaries is essential for later success.


I have a solid understanding of the subject matter, particularly in Algebra and Trigonometry.


Implemented in code form quite a few probabilistic and statistical concepts in my thesis work. This included the modification of an existing code of an implementation of the Random Finite Element Method.

Tax Preparation

I worked for H&R Block as a first year tax preparer for the Spring 2010 (Tax Year 2009) season. I passed the required H&R Block multi-week tax course and was hired on.

I was quite successful in this position in that I was well-liked by my colleagues and had a 100% customer satisfaction marks.

I went to graduate school in Fall 2010 and graduated in May 2012. Due to the exigencies of school and family life, I was not able to work the last two tax seasons.

• Colorado School of Mines
• Colorado School of Mines


• Colorado School of Mines

• Colorado School of Mines (Master's)

Great teacher for Honors Chemistry. — Jonathan taught my daughter, 12th grader, Chemistry Honors, Molar Mass conversions. She grasped the conception shortly after John showed her separate parts of the process and how things connect together at the end. Jonathan made sure she verbally recite back to him the process of equations they were doing at the lessons and actually gave her a chance to figure out her own mistakes and correct the ...

— Nina, Golden, CO on 12/13/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 30 miles of Denver, CO 80214.