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Michael K.

PhD professional for Math, Physics, and Computer Tutoring

PhD professional for Math, Physics, and Computer Tutoring

$80/hour

  • 857 hours tutoring

About Michael


Bio

I have tutored in mathematics and physics during my graduate years while earning my PhD in experimental particle physics. I have a passion for mathematics and physics and love continuing to learn myself. I find it rewarding to see others learn in these areas as well. I have a large base of subjects for which I am qualified to assist in. My motto as a tutor is "to be able to put myself out of business". My style is to empower the student to become self-sufficient and confident in their...

I have tutored in mathematics and physics during my graduate years while earning my PhD in experimental particle physics. I have a passion for mathematics and physics and love continuing to learn myself. I find it rewarding to see others learn in these areas as well. I have a large base of subjects for which I am qualified to assist in. My motto as a tutor is "to be able to put myself out of business". My style is to empower the student to become self-sufficient and confident in their own skills to master the subject.


Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Physics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $80
  • Rate details: I can do group rates if requested. Please contact me for details. I am also flexible with rates if necessary, let's discuss if this is the situation.
  • Lesson cancellation: 8 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 2/18/2012

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Subjects

Business

Finance, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

C++,

C++

In my current job, C++ and its interaction with other languages via APIs (Tcl, Perl, MATLAB, etc.) is an essential skill. Using the STL as building blocks to producing complex software is one of the many skills, but also understanding how to use the language (public versus private variable/functions), multiple inheritance, factory or decorator patterns, and a variety of other techniques help to produce software which is agile, extensible, and maintainable for current and future applications.
Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

Having a PhD in experimental particle physics, my thesis revolved around programming (Fortran/C/C++) to do data-mining and analysis. Furthermore, as part of my tenure in the work force, I have had the opportunity to work on target tracking for the government (using complicated tracking algorithms coded into software) and currently work on Digital Signal Processing (DSP) for a semiconductor manufacturer writing IDE software for many major technology companies.
Computer Science,

Computer Science

Having a PhD in experimental particle physics, my thesis revolved around programming (Fortran/C/C++) to do data-mining and analysis. Part of this responsibility was in algorithms used to accomplish different tasks and to discern which algorithms work best for specific tasks. Analysis of complexity and usefulness in algorithmic development was essential (big-Oh notation and error analysis).
DOS,

DOS

DOS is the basic operation system for Windows. Comfortability with batch processing, understanding how to use command-line executables, and even navigating the GUI frontend (explorer) continue to be important skills. Althought DOS does not change very much from version to version, the ability to command the language (and its intricacies) to produce expected results in batch scripting is important to automate clerical tasks and remove error-prone steps in processing.
Fortran,

Fortran

Having a PhD in experimental particle physics, my thesis revolved around programming much of my analysis code in Fortran to interface with software already developed and proven in this language (Fortran-77). Even with the limited capabilities of F77 versus C++ at the time, did not stop me from developing simulation code and utilizing additional f77 libraries to complete my degree and analyze my collected data.
Java,

Java

As someone who works with Cloud Software, Java has become the mainstay application development language for internet communication. With it's capability of strongly typed compilation, independence in OS, and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) paradigm, it is the primary language for students to learn. I have developed in Fortran 77, C/C++, and Java for many years and continue to do so part of my job responsibilities and hobbies.
Linux,

Linux

I write test harness software to facilitate job distribution and management of tasks under the Linux/Unix environment as well as coordination with a Windows (Cygwin) environment. I also use LSF (Load Sharing Facility) to handle job scheduling and do so under a Linux/Unix environment. Management of mounting of disk, accounts passwords,and other compiler specific needs are part of my daily routine.
MATLAB,

MATLAB

As part of my previous job algorithm design for target tracking was done with MATLAB using Kalman filtering techniques (and other newer algorithm designs). In my current job, MATLAB is an essential component of our IDE software for which Simulink and many DSP toolboxes provided by MATLAB are used to enable developers to design complicated designs and test. I have also written a toolbox for unit testing within the MATLAB environment which I have submitted as open source to the programming community.
Microsoft Windows,

Microsoft Windows

I have worked in various jobs after college using MS Windows as well as in software connecting MS Windows into the linux world (cygwin). MS Windows has been a staple of all the major corporations I have worked with over the years and fluency in using MS Windows for DOS Batch programming and provided software (Visual C++ for example) is an important component to providing developed software.
Perl,

Perl

I write test harness software and frequently use a myriad of Perl to accomplish parsing/logging and regular expression matching to do data-mining.
Python,

Python

I write test harness software and frequently use a myriad of Python to accomplish parsing/logging and regular expression matching to do data-mining of big data sets. In addition, python's moduler design allow me write customized routines to be stored and saved for later use in other complex systems. The capability of coding with prepackaged, freely available modules, gives me the basis to interact with remote machines, pickling of data for transfer to remote systems, and an object oriented approach to scripting. The natural use of objects cleanly allow for better development and API design and encapsulation. Language encoding (sytle, etc.) is intuitive and straightforward giving clarity to developed code.
UNIX,

UNIX

I write test harness software to facilitate job distribution and management of tasks under the Linux/Unix environment as well as coordination with a Windows (Cygwin) environment. I also use LSF (Load Sharing Facility) to handle job scheduling and do so under a Linux/Unix environment. Management of mounting of disk, accounts passwords,and other compiler specific needs are part of my daily routine.
General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

C++,

C++

In my current job, C++ and its interaction with other languages via APIs (Tcl, Perl, MATLAB, etc.) is an essential skill. Using the STL as building blocks to producing complex software is one of the many skills, but also understanding how to use the language (public versus private variable/functions), multiple inheritance, factory or decorator patterns, and a variety of other techniques help to produce software which is agile, extensible, and maintainable for current and future applications.
Java,

Java

As someone who works with Cloud Software, Java has become the mainstay application development language for internet communication. With it's capability of strongly typed compilation, independence in OS, and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) paradigm, it is the primary language for students to learn. I have developed in Fortran 77, C/C++, and Java for many years and continue to do so part of my job responsibilities and hobbies.
Statistics,

Statistics

I am fluent in various levels of Mathematics (I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics). Statistics is a knowledge base used quite often in this scientific field.
Finance, General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

In order to feel comfortable with math, elementary skills must be mastered before moving onwards and upwards. A firm grasp of the basics -- addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions -- are essential. Accordingly, interpretation and comprehension of word problems is a vital component of decoding a problem statement into a solvable equation. These and other basic skills form the core to all future mathematical endeavours.
Elementary Science

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have studied more than 15 years of mathematics from algebra to partial differential equations as part of my Ph.D in experimental particle physics. Algebra is an important beginning foundation for learning mathematics.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a continuing part of learning mathematics and its uses in today's world.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is a staple of knowledge to understand how many principles and idea work in mathematics. With my background in experimental particle physics (I have a Ph.D), I have used calculus throughout my education college career and beyond. Calculus is understanding of how mathematics works.
Physics,

Physics

I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics. Part of the reason I chose this field is the continually learning to keep on top of the various discoveries and enhancements to the world of science.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus is the vital stepping stone toward beginning of understanding the work around us via trigonometry, geometry, and algebra. I have tutored high school students whilst a graduate student in preparation for calculus at college. I have many years of formal training (I have a PhD in experimental particle physics) and the years of experience as a teacher.
Statistics,

Statistics

I am fluent in various levels of Mathematics (I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics). Statistics is a knowledge base used quite often in this scientific field.
Chemistry, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I am fluent in various levels of Mathematics (I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics).
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have studied more than 15 years of mathematics from algebra to partial differential equations as part of my Ph.D in experimental particle physics. Algebra is an important beginning foundation for learning mathematics.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a continuing part of learning mathematics and its uses in today's world.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is a staple of knowledge to understand how many principles and idea work in mathematics. With my background in experimental particle physics (I have a Ph.D), I have used calculus throughout my education college career and beyond. Calculus is understanding of how mathematics works.
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

Differential equations (both ordinary and partial) are a foundation for learning methods used to solve ODEs (for example Bernoulli and Euler style solution methods). Learning how to apply methods to apply to rate reperesentation of physical systems is part of learning how to deal with differential equations. Wronskian, Lyapunov style, predator-prey relationships, Euler 1st and 2nd equations, homogeneous and heterogeneous style, transformation -- Like Laplace, and Fourier) are some of the ways to assist in understanding how to solve these problems.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

As part of my educational degree for a PhD in physics, linear algebra is an essential component of quantum mechanics and forms the foundations for understanding how particle physics works. From the Schoedinger equation to the Standard Model, linear algebra forms the basis for formulating the mathematics for which to understand the physics. Examples would be Wronskian determination of linear independence to S-Matrix formulation of entrance and exit channels for particle interactions per Feynman diagrams to understand how nature works.
MATLAB,

MATLAB

As part of my previous job algorithm design for target tracking was done with MATLAB using Kalman filtering techniques (and other newer algorithm designs). In my current job, MATLAB is an essential component of our IDE software for which Simulink and many DSP toolboxes provided by MATLAB are used to enable developers to design complicated designs and test. I have also written a toolbox for unit testing within the MATLAB environment which I have submitted as open source to the programming community.
Physics,

Physics

I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics. Part of the reason I chose this field is the continually learning to keep on top of the various discoveries and enhancements to the world of science.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus is the vital stepping stone toward beginning of understanding the work around us via trigonometry, geometry, and algebra. I have tutored high school students whilst a graduate student in preparation for calculus at college. I have many years of formal training (I have a PhD in experimental particle physics) and the years of experience as a teacher.
Statistics,

Statistics

I am fluent in various levels of Mathematics (I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics). Statistics is a knowledge base used quite often in this scientific field.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I have a PhD in experimental particle physics and even with a thorough understanding of many of the ideas surrounding and backing Quantum Mechanics, I still find trigonometry and its uses are important traits. Learning about how trigonometry pervades into other areas of mathematics as well as how to use trigonometry to solve problems is essential. It is not just about how to compute, but to understand how these computations come into play in other areas.
Geometry, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have studied more than 15 years of mathematics from algebra to partial differential equations as part of my Ph.D in experimental particle physics. Algebra is an important beginning foundation for learning mathematics.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a continuing part of learning mathematics and its uses in today's world.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is a staple of knowledge to understand how many principles and idea work in mathematics. With my background in experimental particle physics (I have a Ph.D), I have used calculus throughout my education college career and beyond. Calculus is understanding of how mathematics works.
Physics,

Physics

I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics. Part of the reason I chose this field is the continually learning to keep on top of the various discoveries and enhancements to the world of science.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus is the vital stepping stone toward beginning of understanding the work around us via trigonometry, geometry, and algebra. I have tutored high school students whilst a graduate student in preparation for calculus at college. I have many years of formal training (I have a PhD in experimental particle physics) and the years of experience as a teacher.
Statistics,

Statistics

I am fluent in various levels of Mathematics (I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics). Statistics is a knowledge base used quite often in this scientific field.
Chemistry, Geometry, Prealgebra

Other

Finance

Science

Astronomy,

Astronomy

Looking up at the sky (at night) gives us a rare opportunity to see and understand the world beyond on normal experience. Astronomy gives us some of the basic tools to learn about our world and our universe (from the viewing of comets, asteroids, and moons) to understanding why stars die and what can happen during a stars death-throws. Armed with fundamental skills and knowledge, we sit upon the shoulders of our ancestors (visualizing start constellations) and analyzing the wonderful and exotic place we call our universe.
Physics,

Physics

I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics. Part of the reason I chose this field is the continually learning to keep on top of the various discoveries and enhancements to the world of science.
ACT Science, Chemistry, Geology, Microbiology, Physical Science

Sports/Recreation

Martial Arts

Martial Arts

I have my 3rd degree blackbelt in International Kenpo Karate training on my 8th degree instructor and am an avid stick fighter in the Filipino martial arts of Escrima. I also train in Doce Pares Multistyle system on my instructor (6th degree Filipino Martial Artist/5th degree Kajukembo). I am currently working toward my 4th degree in International Karate Kenpo and hope to have a long career learning in the martial arts.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have studied more than 15 years of mathematics from algebra to partial differential equations as part of my Ph.D in experimental particle physics. Algebra is an important beginning foundation for learning mathematics.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is a continuing part of learning mathematics and its uses in today's world.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is a staple of knowledge to understand how many principles and idea work in mathematics. With my background in experimental particle physics (I have a Ph.D), I have used calculus throughout my education college career and beyond. Calculus is understanding of how mathematics works.
Physics,

Physics

I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics. Part of the reason I chose this field is the continually learning to keep on top of the various discoveries and enhancements to the world of science.
Statistics,

Statistics

I am fluent in various levels of Mathematics (I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics). Statistics is a knowledge base used quite often in this scientific field.
Chemistry, Geometry, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I am fluent in various levels of Mathematics (I have a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics).
ACT Science, SAT Math

Examples of Expertise


Michael has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 133 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (263 ratings)
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Reviews


Knowledgeable and patient tutor.

Michael taught my daughter Calculus. He is worth the money he charges. He made my daughter understand the reasons behind all the formulas. I would refer him to other people also.

Shilpa, 2 lessons with Michael

Trigonometry

Michael was clear, my soon understood and did well in the test. He is very positive and my son could ask all his questions. I don't know what else to say. I will be calling him again.

Alicia, 4 lessons with Michael

Very knowledgeable and helpful

Michael has helped me make it through Calculus with an am amazing grade! He can break down concepts into an easy way to learn. I have to say I am very impressed with how well the lessons have been through zoom. I would definitely recommend him to friends, family, and really anyone that is struggling with math.

Brandon, 14 lessons with Michael

knowledgeable and patient

Michael is a great instructor, knowledgeable and patient. He helped me a great deal. I appreciate a lot . He helped me understand a very new and hard concept. He was over my expectations.

Atoo, 3 lessons with Michael

Knowledgable, patient, enthusiastic tutor

Michael was enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and love for math. He did a great job making our son feel comfortable. Our son left the first meeting feeling confident and prepared.

Meghan , 2 lessons with Michael

Knowledgeable on java

Michael helped me learned linked lists in java and get a better understanding of data structures and algorithms, he was very patient and helpful and considerate great tutor highly recommend

Matthew, 4 lessons with Michael

Great tutor!

Very knowledgeable in higher level (College and Graduate Level) Math, Physics, and Computer Science concepts. Michael helped me work through an implementation of a theoretical algorithm and made it easy to understand. He picked on the details of the problem quickly and was very patient in explaining my issue! Highly recommended.

Jasmine, 1 lesson with Michael

So Helpful and engaging!

My son found Michael to be easy to connect with and really helped deepen his understanding in a short time. Michael’s enthusiasm with Math helped my teen be more excited to learn. 5 stars ⭐️!

Leah, 2 lessons with Michael

Incredible!

Michael helped my daughter with geometry and totally exceeded our expectations. He was friendly and we could tell it was his passion to help others succeed. He helped my daughter to bring down her barrier and to relate geometry to other things she understood in life by breaking it down into smaller pieces. We would so recommend Michael to anyone struggling in math. Thank you so very much.

John, 1 lesson with Michael
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