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Clark N.

Physics and Mathematics tutor, Harvard-trained with NASA experience

Physics and Mathematics tutor, Harvard-trained with NASA experience

$56/hour

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About Clark


Bio

I am an experienced high school physics and mathematics teacher, retired, with Massachusetts certification in both areas. I am very much aware of the challenges many students face in their early encounters with physics and mathematics, and work to build confidence as well as proficiency. I have taught various levels of mathematics--through calculus--as standalone courses and as part of the content of physics courses, so I have a range of pedagogical strategies to employ in these...

I am an experienced high school physics and mathematics teacher, retired, with Massachusetts certification in both areas. I am very much aware of the challenges many students face in their early encounters with physics and mathematics, and work to build confidence as well as proficiency. I have taught various levels of mathematics--through calculus--as standalone courses and as part of the content of physics courses, so I have a range of pedagogical strategies to employ in these areas.

Prior to my teaching career a lifelong interest in--and deep affection for--mathematics and physics led me to wonderful adventures as a guidance, navigation and control engineer in the aerospace industry. While a NASA employee on the Apollo Project, I made extensive use of algebra and calculus in the development of orbital rendezvous techniques (Atlantic: : https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/593968/apollo-11/). Later on I participated in the design of the space shuttle and the development of the first GPS operating software. These experiences have given me an informed perspective as regards both teaching and applications of the subjects I tutor.

Fot the time being I am only meeting students online. The Wyzant on-line tutoring platform is a highly effective and transparent medium providing the same degree of personal interaction as face-to-face meetings, and much greater flexibility of scheduling. It also gracefully supports full exploitation of the MathCad computer-aided mathematics tool, which is the gold standard for on-screen creation, visualization and discussion of mathematically-based material.


Education

University of Maine
BA Physics
Harvard Graduate School of Education
MEd
University of Houston (Physics)
Graduate Coursework

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Subjects

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 introduces the concept of symbolic representation of numbers whose value is unspecified, and also the basic notion of relations between sets of numbers specified by a recipe called a "function." Operations upon and between functions provide a basis for discovering important properties of relations, properties of number sets, and methods of representation. The axioms and common understandings of Algebra 1 are common to all other algebras, such as vector algebra, and are therefore the essential foundation for all further study in mathematics.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 skills, including factoring, finding roots, solving sets of equations and classifying functions by their properties, are a necessary foundation for trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus and linear algebra. Particularly important are operations with exponents and an understanding of the definition and properties of logarithms.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is one of the three legs on which most mathematically-based disciplines rest. The other two are linear algebra and the stochastic systems (statistics), which come together in advanced courses. Everyone intending to pursue studies in basic science (including life sciences), engineering or economics should have a good foundation in introductory calculus.
Physics,

Physics

Mechanics is the basis of physics, physics is the basis of most fields of application, particularly in engineering. In addition to fundamental concepts, the study of physics develops the ability to think mathematically, and apply mathematical methods to many problems of interest, including outside of physics. Physics often provides a context for visualizing mathematical constructs and operations, which in turn feed back into a better understanding of the physics. For this reason, the concurrent study of mathematics and physics is synergistic in its effects and should always be preferred if it can be arranged.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Pre-calculus is the gate-keeper course for transition to calculus, and is therefore as important as calculus itself for those intending or needing to study higher mathematics. Typically it includes a review of basic algebra topics; various types of functions--including trigonometric and polynomial; series; limits; and an introduction to vectors. Most troubles with introductory calculus are traceable to an inadequate mastery of algebra and trigonometry.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 introduces the concept of symbolic representation of numbers whose value is unspecified, and also the basic notion of relations between sets of numbers specified by a recipe called a "function." Operations upon and between functions provide a basis for discovering important properties of relations, properties of number sets, and methods of representation. The axioms and common understandings of Algebra 1 are common to all other algebras, such as vector algebra, and are therefore the essential foundation for all further study in mathematics.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 skills, including factoring, finding roots, solving sets of equations and classifying functions by their properties, are a necessary foundation for trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus and linear algebra. Particularly important are operations with exponents and an understanding of the definition and properties of logarithms.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is one of the three legs on which most mathematically-based disciplines rest. The other two are linear algebra and the stochastic systems (statistics), which come together in advanced courses. Everyone intending to pursue studies in basic science (including life sciences), engineering or economics should have a good foundation in introductory calculus.
Physics,

Physics

Mechanics is the basis of physics, physics is the basis of most fields of application, particularly in engineering. In addition to fundamental concepts, the study of physics develops the ability to think mathematically, and apply mathematical methods to many problems of interest, including outside of physics. Physics often provides a context for visualizing mathematical constructs and operations, which in turn feed back into a better understanding of the physics. For this reason, the concurrent study of mathematics and physics is synergistic in its effects and should always be preferred if it can be arranged.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Pre-calculus is the gate-keeper course for transition to calculus, and is therefore as important as calculus itself for those intending or needing to study higher mathematics. Typically it includes a review of basic algebra topics; various types of functions--including trigonometric and polynomial; series; limits; and an introduction to vectors. Most troubles with introductory calculus are traceable to an inadequate mastery of algebra and trigonometry.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

As noted above, trigonometry is usually encountered as a part of a pre-calculus course. In my view, much of the traditional material associated with trigonometry should be replaced by an introduction to the linear algebra of vectors, which provides alternative methods of solving many of the problems encountered in trigonometry, and is much more generally useful.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 introduces the concept of symbolic representation of numbers whose value is unspecified, and also the basic notion of relations between sets of numbers specified by a recipe called a "function." Operations upon and between functions provide a basis for discovering important properties of relations, properties of number sets, and methods of representation. The axioms and common understandings of Algebra 1 are common to all other algebras, such as vector algebra, and are therefore the essential foundation for all further study in mathematics.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 skills, including factoring, finding roots, solving sets of equations and classifying functions by their properties, are a necessary foundation for trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus and linear algebra. Particularly important are operations with exponents and an understanding of the definition and properties of logarithms.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is one of the three legs on which most mathematically-based disciplines rest. The other two are linear algebra and the stochastic systems (statistics), which come together in advanced courses. Everyone intending to pursue studies in basic science (including life sciences), engineering or economics should have a good foundation in introductory calculus.
Physics,

Physics

Mechanics is the basis of physics, physics is the basis of most fields of application, particularly in engineering. In addition to fundamental concepts, the study of physics develops the ability to think mathematically, and apply mathematical methods to many problems of interest, including outside of physics. Physics often provides a context for visualizing mathematical constructs and operations, which in turn feed back into a better understanding of the physics. For this reason, the concurrent study of mathematics and physics is synergistic in its effects and should always be preferred if it can be arranged.
Precalculus

Precalculus

Pre-calculus is the gate-keeper course for transition to calculus, and is therefore as important as calculus itself for those intending or needing to study higher mathematics. Typically it includes a review of basic algebra topics; various types of functions--including trigonometric and polynomial; series; limits; and an introduction to vectors. Most troubles with introductory calculus are traceable to an inadequate mastery of algebra and trigonometry.

Science

Astronomy,

Astronomy

While growing up I was an active amateur astronomer, and I have taught this subject at the introductory level. I have the good fortune to be married to a professional astronomer who occasionally involves me in her work on symbiotic star systems.
Physics

Physics

Mechanics is the basis of physics, physics is the basis of most fields of application, particularly in engineering. In addition to fundamental concepts, the study of physics develops the ability to think mathematically, and apply mathematical methods to many problems of interest, including outside of physics. Physics often provides a context for visualizing mathematical constructs and operations, which in turn feed back into a better understanding of the physics. For this reason, the concurrent study of mathematics and physics is synergistic in its effects and should always be preferred if it can be arranged.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 introduces the concept of symbolic representation of numbers whose value is unspecified, and also the basic notion of relations between sets of numbers specified by a recipe called a "function." Operations upon and between functions provide a basis for discovering important properties of relations, properties of number sets, and methods of representation. The axioms and common understandings of Algebra 1 are common to all other algebras, such as vector algebra, and are therefore the essential foundation for all further study in mathematics.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 skills, including factoring, finding roots, solving sets of equations and classifying functions by their properties, are a necessary foundation for trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus and linear algebra. Particularly important are operations with exponents and an understanding of the definition and properties of logarithms.
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is one of the three legs on which most mathematically-based disciplines rest. The other two are linear algebra and the stochastic systems (statistics), which come together in advanced courses. Everyone intending to pursue studies in basic science (including life sciences), engineering or economics should have a good foundation in introductory calculus.
Physics

Physics

Mechanics is the basis of physics, physics is the basis of most fields of application, particularly in engineering. In addition to fundamental concepts, the study of physics develops the ability to think mathematically, and apply mathematical methods to many problems of interest, including outside of physics. Physics often provides a context for visualizing mathematical constructs and operations, which in turn feed back into a better understanding of the physics. For this reason, the concurrent study of mathematics and physics is synergistic in its effects and should always be preferred if it can be arranged.

Examples of Expertise


Clark has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 39 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Knowledgeable and caring

He taught my son primarily physics with also elements of math, which is his strong point. He’s very good with helping kids achieve their goals by being a champion for their grasp of the subject matter and teaching them to aim high! I would highly recommend CLark!

Ruhina, 47 lessons with Clark

Extremely knowledgeable and passionate!

It is easy to say that Mr. N is an expert in his teaching. He is able to dissect each problem, not only with extreme accuracy, but is also able to explain a topic extremely knowledgeably, and passionately! He has helped my both expand my knowledge of physics, and grow my passion for the subject! If you are looking for someone who knows their stuff, then I would highly recommend Mr. N!

Tyler, 11 lessons with Clark

Outstanding teacher, true master of subjects taught

We feel very lucky to have found such a sharp, knowledgeable, and incredibly resourceful tutor. Plus an amazing teacher with wealth of experience, wisdom and patience. Very able to adapt to student learning style (visual learning for my son), and help students understand and build on fundamentals and beyond. He is helping our son with Algebra 2 very successfully so far. We will not hesitate to engage for physics help too, when time comes.

Azra, 21 lessons with Clark

Intelligent and really helpful!

I had a great experience with Clark. I needed help with some Calc 2 hw problems. He took the time to review/solve the problems before our lesson and went over them with me in detail. He sent me additional notes on a particular problem after our lesson which was icing on the cake! Clark went above and beyond, and I really appreciated his advice (:

April, 1 lesson with Clark

Excellent Tutor

Clark is a fantastic tutor and helped my Son with his calculus class. A few specific topics were challenging for my Son, but Clark got him back on track for his final. Clark was so helpful and prepared for their session. Clark made it so easy to fit in sessions that worked with his school schedule. We recommend him highly.

Mona, 3 lessons with Clark

Extremely knowledgeable and effective

Easily the best tutor I have ever encountered Clark is a physics genius from understanding to efficient communication he is indeed the perfect tutor. THANK YOU CLARK Qasim

Sebastian, 1 lesson with Clark

My Daughter Finds Him Very Helpful

Clark has been assisting my daughter with Calc II online. She is a freshmen at a technical college and was hesitant to try a tutor simply because her frustration has level has led her to believe she didn't have time. Having consistent times when she works with Clark has allowed her to actually progress faster than she was before. She finds him knowledgeable and prepared but mostly she appreciates his to the point manner.

Janine, 5 lessons with Clark

Very responsible and knowledgeable. Plus patient

Clark teaches my son math. He spent a lot of personal time to help solve the problems my son encountered. Also provided many good suggestions. He is very helpful!

Jonathan, 34 lessons with Clark

Well prepared tutor

Clark was scheduled to tutor my daughter Calculus, but she had no math homework this week because she just had a test the day before the tutor session. Instead, Clark would help my daughter with her Physics homework. He's very accommodating. Thanks!

Wanda, 6 lessons with Clark
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