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University of Hawaii at Manoa (Physics)
Chaminade University of Honolulu (Graduate Coursework)
I was fortunate enough to go to an excellent, private high school but realize that not all of us are as lucky. I had professors that were highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about not only their subject, but teaching itself. Their attitudes left an impression on me and for years as an undergraduate student I enjoyed tutoring physics.
I understand that the acquisition of knowledge is generally based on two factors: major concepts and fine details. Finding the right balance between the two is difficult but essential to the application of acquired knowledge. Being able to crunch numbers if one is unsure of what the numbers translate to in the physical world does not hold tremendous value; nor does the understanding of physical concepts and terms paired with the inability to quantify and relate said terms.
When all is said and done, I love knowledge for its intrinsic value, not for how I can trade it for money. The communication of knowledge is a means to an end, but it is also an end in it of itself. As the only rational beings on this planet, it is our duty to acquire and apply knowledge; I'm here to help you with that.
I have studied the sciences my whole life. As a writer/poet uses words to write novels/verses, a scientist uses numbers to explain natural/synthetic phenomena. Calculus is essentially mathematics that maps how things change relative to each other as a function of time. As an undergraduate physics student, I took Calculus 1, 2, 3, and 4 and still retain much of the knowledge. Further, each of my physics courses required the appropriate application of calculus. That being said, I have a lot of experience with it.
Science is my wheelhouse. I earned my B.S. in physics which I feel speaks for itself. In terms of experience, I also tutored physics for ~3.5 years as an undergraduate.
As for chemistry, I am currently a graduate student in forensic science and am training to become a forensic chemist. As a graduate student I have taken organic chemistry 1, organic chemistry 2, analytical chemistry, forensic chemistry, as well as all of their labs. I have earned an A in every class and still review much of the material as I readily use it in my forensic chemist training.
In my last semester as a physics undergraduate student, I was required to take a course in computational physics. It was the most difficult course I've ever taken. The problems I was dealt were so difficult that they could not be solved with pencil and paper. With each problem I had to understand the fundamental question, understand what that meant mathematically, translate the relevant mathematics into C++, produce data, analyze data, compare data to theoretical results, and troubleshoot at every step.
For the final project I successfully simulated the transition of a rocket which was in a stable orbit around Earth to a stable orbit around Mars while considering the dynamic gravitational forces of the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune as their relative orbits and positions changed with time. Long story short, I earned the top grade in the class and received the first A issued by that professor in over 5 years. I believe this qualifies me to teach C++.
My Bio and Qualifications were long-winded so I'll spare you here. I really, really love knowledge and helping other people acquire it. To be honest, I, too benefit tremendously from tutoring people because as I explain things to different people in different ways, I see other angles of approach to similar problems. I am not the only one learning during these tutoring sessions. I was fortunate enough to go to an excellent, private high school but realize that not all of us are as lucky. I had professors that were highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about not only their subject, but teaching itself. Their attitudes left an impression on me and for years as an undergraduate student I enjoyed tutoring … Read more
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