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Andrew P.

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

$59/hour

About Andrew


Bio

I'm a very adaptable tutor, and I really enjoy helping people in general, and making math and science feel less intimidating, even for grad students and professionals — there really is no subject that can't be made more accessible with clear explanations and different ways of thinking about problem solving. At the same time, I really enjoy off-beat subjects. I've helped a broadcast meteorologist with her fluid mechanics, an industrial design student understand how his design would fare in the...

I'm a very adaptable tutor, and I really enjoy helping people in general, and making math and science feel less intimidating, even for grad students and professionals — there really is no subject that can't be made more accessible with clear explanations and different ways of thinking about problem solving. At the same time, I really enjoy off-beat subjects. I've helped a broadcast meteorologist with her fluid mechanics, an industrial design student understand how his design would fare in the real world, and many niche engineering topics, from modeling highway traffic to decision theory in systems engineering. I'm particularly good at writing computer simulations (finite differences, finite elements, Monte Carlo...).

I have my BSE, MSE, and Ph.D. all in mechanical engineering. I've been a teaching assistant for lots of courses, including Statics and Strength of Materials, fluid mechanics and heat transfer labs, Introduction to Flight (twice), and Theory of Vibrations (twice). My doctorate was in computational fluid mechanics, and I know MATLAB and the C programming languages fairly well. I can help with those kind of upper-level subjects, but also with undergrad-type physics and math subjects.

I grew up in Chestnut Hill and West Newton, Mass. I love to tinker with electronics and cameras. I take infrared and ultraviolet photos, and also thermal infrared photos. I like to read mysteries and fantasy, and I also like history, especially the 17th century. Back To The Future is my favorite movie.


Education

University of Pennsylvania
Mech Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Masters
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $59
  • Rate details: If travel is needed, rate is $69/hr w/ 2hr minimum, otherwise $59/hr. Cancellation fee is 30 min equivalent time.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/2/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Computer

MATLAB

MATLAB

I've been a MATLAB user for 21 years, since my undergraduate days. I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, and I have many years of experience using MATLAB to solve problems. I also know quite a bit about how to speed up MATLAB programs by taking advantage of the profiling tools and also by writing MEX files in C. I do GUI development also.

Homeschool

Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored a number of students in basic calculus with excellent results. I have a lot of practical experience using calculus (speaking as an engineer). I'm very adaptable to the student's needs and I like to explain things geometrically for the students who enjoy visuals. I also know lots of tricks, if you like that sort of thing.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I'm pretty experienced with physical chemistry and thermodynamics, and I know other things like Lewis structures, trends in the periodic table, etc. from college chemistry. I do not know organic chemistry.
Physics,

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I have a lot of practical experience doing calculus and pre-calc, and a strong understanding of the underlying concepts.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra

Math

Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored a number of students in basic calculus with excellent results. I have a lot of practical experience using calculus (speaking as an engineer). I'm very adaptable to the student's needs and I like to explain things geometrically for the students who enjoy visuals. I also know lots of tricks, if you like that sort of thing.
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

I've tutored a number of people in this topic already with good results. I have a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics, which is the study of the differential equations governing fluid flow, so I have a lot of practical experience too.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

As a mechanical engineer, linear algebra is a working tool for me. I have a Ph.D. in computational fluid dynamics, and linear algebra is the mathematical background for solving the systems of equations that arise in most computer simulations.
MATLAB,

MATLAB

I've been a MATLAB user for 21 years, since my undergraduate days. I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, and I have many years of experience using MATLAB to solve problems. I also know quite a bit about how to speed up MATLAB programs by taking advantage of the profiling tools and also by writing MEX files in C. I do GUI development also.
Mechanical Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering

I have BSE, MSE, and PhDs in mechanical engineering. My thesis was in computational fluid dynamics. I've been a teaching assistant for statics and strength of materials, fluid and heat transfer labs, introduction to flight (twice), vibrations, and freshman physics.
Physics,

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I have a lot of practical experience doing calculus and pre-calc, and a strong understanding of the underlying concepts.
Trigonometry,

Trigonometry

I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I have a lot of practical experience doing trigonometry, usually as part of some other engineering problem (e.g. free body diagrams in statics and dynamics). The essence of trig is going back and forth between the geometry, the algebra, and the various trig identities, and I can help people learn to do that.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored a number of students in basic calculus with excellent results. I have a lot of practical experience using calculus (speaking as an engineer). I'm very adaptable to the student's needs and I like to explain things geometrically for the students who enjoy visuals. I also know lots of tricks, if you like that sort of thing.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I'm pretty experienced with physical chemistry and thermodynamics, and I know other things like Lewis structures, trends in the periodic table, etc. from college chemistry. I do not know organic chemistry.
Physics,

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. I have a lot of practical experience doing calculus and pre-calc, and a strong understanding of the underlying concepts.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra

Science

Chemistry,

Chemistry

I'm pretty experienced with physical chemistry and thermodynamics, and I know other things like Lewis structures, trends in the periodic table, etc. from college chemistry. I do not know organic chemistry.
Mechanical Engineering,

Mechanical Engineering

I have BSE, MSE, and PhDs in mechanical engineering. My thesis was in computational fluid dynamics. I've been a teaching assistant for statics and strength of materials, fluid and heat transfer labs, introduction to flight (twice), vibrations, and freshman physics.
Physical Science,

Physical Science

I know all my basic physics and chemistry. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Physics

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.

Summer

Calculus,

Calculus

I've tutored a number of students in basic calculus with excellent results. I have a lot of practical experience using calculus (speaking as an engineer). I'm very adaptable to the student's needs and I like to explain things geometrically for the students who enjoy visuals. I also know lots of tricks, if you like that sort of thing.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

I'm pretty experienced with physical chemistry and thermodynamics, and I know other things like Lewis structures, trends in the periodic table, etc. from college chemistry. I do not know organic chemistry.
Physics,

Physics

I know all my basic physics. I know the common stumbling blocks for beginning physics students from being a teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at U. of Pennsylvania.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

5.0 (730 ratings)
5 star
(715)
4 star
(9)
3 star
(3)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(2)

Reviews


Great teacher!

Andrew was very helpful with helping me understand Laplace transforms and graphing using a very helpful window method that he showed me.

Nick, 2 lessons with Andrew

Great tutor for a horrible student

He got me up to speed and I look forward to our next meeting. I was unprepared and technically illiterate but he was able to teach me what I needed for my job. Just trust me, he's great.

Andrew, 1 lesson with Andrew

Knowledgeable!

Took the time to go through everything step-by-step. He answered every question as thoroughly as possible so I could better understand key concepts. He also shared with me any sort of tricks they he had in his toolbox, which will prove helpful in the future.

Jasmine, 1 lesson with Andrew

Excellent tutor for physical oceanography - advanced level of Matlab

Andrew surpassed my expectations! He's patient and incredibly knowledgeable. I had a difficult dataset where he helped filter it right away. We achieved figures and results within a few hours. And he explained all lines of code in detail or would go over it again if I had questions. Great tutor!

Bianca, 22 lessons with Andrew

Patient and understanding

He helped me with the concepts of improper integrals and different methods of substitution. He was very useful and in helping me understand these concepts.

Logan, 1 lesson with Andrew

Excellent help for differential equations

Andrew helped me better understand what I needed to know for my test. He is very knowledgeable about math applications in physics and engineering.

Daniel, 1 lesson with Andrew

Easy going, patient, and friendly tutor

He is just patient and doesn't get mad at me when I take my time. He tries to help you understand the concept. He really tries to make sure you have the understanding and makes you come up with the answer as opposed to giving it all to you!

Ghazi, 4 lessons with Andrew

Makes complex ideas simple in linear algebra

Andrew P. is simply the best. He has an amazing passion for teaching. Linear algebra is very daunting but his approach to core concepts is the key to my success for this final.

John, 1 lesson with Andrew

Great teacher, excellent matlab skills

Quick and accurate, we got right to my problems and worked through all of them. Thanks again for the help!

Dave, 2 lessons with Andrew
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$59/hour

Andrew P.

$59/hour

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