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Clark N.

Physics and Mathematics tutor, Harvard-trained with NASA experience

Physics and Mathematics tutor, Harvard-trained with NASA experience

$50/hour

  • 1,747 hours tutoring

  • Allston, MA 02134

About Clark


Bio

I am an experienced high school physics and mathematics teacher, retired, with current Massachusetts certification in both areas. 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. 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...

I am an experienced high school physics and mathematics teacher, retired, with current Massachusetts certification in both areas. 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. 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.

Prior to my teaching career a lifelong interest in--and deep affection for--mathematics and physics led me to wonderful adventures as an aerospace engineer. While a NASA employee on the Apollo Project, I made extensive use of algebra and calculus in the development of orbital rendezvous techniques. Later on I participated in the design of the space shuttle and the development of the first GPS operating software, so I have an informed perspective regarding both teaching and application of the these subjects.

Until approximately May 7, 2018, I will only be scheduling on-line tutoring sessions, due to an impending leg surgery. I have found that for math and physics content, on-line tutoring works very well , and I have previously enthusiastically recommended it as an option.


Education

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

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: Minimum charge for a lesson is 1 hour.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Allston, MA 02134
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 9/18/2017

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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.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

Linear algebra is an extension of ordinary algebra to spaces of 2+ dimensions and transformations on them, with emphasis on applications in introductory physics. I have extensive experience in this material from my previous career (30 years) as a guidance, navigation and control engineer in the aerospace industry. Both control and navigation make intensive use of this topic area in solving the their fundamental problems.
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.

Resources

Clark has shared 8 answers and 4 files on Wyzant Resources.

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Great Tutor

Clark patiently helped my daughter figure out AP physics. He had a thorough grasp of material. We were very happy with the tutoring and will use his tutoring service again.

Jon, 7 lessons with Clark

Help with Linear Algebra

Clark prepared himself accordingly with a positive attitude while meeting with CJ. Clark answered any and all of the questions presented to him in a clear manner. Clark was prepared for the first meeting and understood the content of the subject matter. In order to be better prepared for the next meeting, Clark requested any additional information that could help him to be more efficient while teaching. This was a sign of Clark's commitment level and dedication to becoming an effective teacher. Clark made himself very accessible to meet CJ and was able to do so with limited notice. Clark's demeanor was very professional and welcoming and we look forward to the next session.

Chris, 3 lessons with Clark

Wonderful tutor who knows how to teach

I've only had two tutoring session so far with Clark, but he has clarified so much for me already. I am trying to complete College physics II with very little background in calculus and limited math skills in general. It's been years since I have taken a math course. This is my last prerequisite that I need for DPT school. Clark is simplifying the coursework in a way I can actually understand. He is extremely helpful and always available via email for questions and feedback. I highly recommend Clark!

Kaline, 18 lessons with Clark

Patient and knowledgeable

Clark was great explaining physics. He was very encouraging. We highly recommend him. We look to seeing him again. He really cares about educating my child. He is very passionate.

Jean, 2 lessons with Clark

Able to convey content very well

Clark really had a way of breaking down the content so you can understand. My husband is ~10 years removed from any sort of calculus based math and after his session with Clark, he truly did have a better understanding and was more confident moving forward. Clark is the fella to work with!

Lillian, 1 lesson with Clark

He is very patient.

Today was the first lesson for Physics II and I can already tell that Clark is going to be a great tutor. He's very patient and explains things in a simple way. I took Physics I five years ago so there's a large gap between Physics I and Physics II but he is great at explaining why we do certain things in problems I can't wait for our next lesson!

Hester, 3 lessons with Clark

Inspirational and brilliant tutor

Clark has just started working with my son as he enters the next level of mathematical education. We are looking forward to working with him as he broadens our view on how math relates to the sciences and the world in general. He explained extremely difficult concepts with ease and has wonderful verbal skills in addition to his math expertise.

Katherine, 74 lessons with Clark

Outstanding Physics Tutor!

My daughter really enjoys working with Clark. He has helped her gain confidence in herself and her understanding of Physics. Clark reviews her lessons and exam results and provides additional work to bolster her knowledge of the materials. Absolutely, the best tutor we have ever worked with!

Claudia, 12 lessons with Clark

He is amazing and really loves what he does!

I learned alot from him in less then 2hrs he clarified alot of topics. Im soo happy i got to learn from him today and i cant wait to actually master this subject of Calculus.

Ruchama, 3 lessons with Clark
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