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Andrew P.

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

$65/hour

  • 5,126 hours tutoring

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: $65
  • Rate details: Cancellation fee is 30 min equivalent time. Due to coronavirus, I'm not doing in-person lessons right now, online only.
  • 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 24 years (as of 2022), since my undergraduate days. 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, using either GUIDE or App Designer. I have particularly extensive experience with the Image Processing Toolbox, and with optimization. I've also done a lot of finite element and finite difference codes.

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 classical physics because I'm a mechanical engineer specializing in fluid dynamics for my Ph.D. I've presented multiple times at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics conferences. I was once teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at UPenn. I've kept up-to-date with Coursera courses on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics for ongoing education.
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

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 24 years (as of 2022), since my undergraduate days. 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, using either GUIDE or App Designer. I have particularly extensive experience with the Image Processing Toolbox, and with optimization. I've also done a lot of finite element and finite difference codes.
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 classical physics because I'm a mechanical engineer specializing in fluid dynamics for my Ph.D. I've presented multiple times at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics conferences. I was once teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at UPenn. I've kept up-to-date with Coursera courses on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics for ongoing education.
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

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 classical physics because I'm a mechanical engineer specializing in fluid dynamics for my Ph.D. I've presented multiple times at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics conferences. I was once teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at UPenn. I've kept up-to-date with Coursera courses on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics for ongoing education.
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

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 classical physics because I'm a mechanical engineer specializing in fluid dynamics for my Ph.D. I've presented multiple times at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics conferences. I was once teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at UPenn. I've kept up-to-date with Coursera courses on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics for ongoing education.

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 classical physics because I'm a mechanical engineer specializing in fluid dynamics for my Ph.D. I've presented multiple times at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics conferences. I was once teaching assistant and grader for the summer pre-freshman physics course at UPenn. I've kept up-to-date with Coursera courses on quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics for ongoing education.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Examples of Expertise


Andrew has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 1 question submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

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Reviews


Phenomenal Tutor

Andrew makes the most complicated subjects so much easier to understand. He gives insight to some of the background of certain concepts as well giving real world examples, making the learning experience so much easier and fun. I really don’t think I would be able to understand certain Heat Transfer concept as well with Andrew. He’s an incredible tutor

Jasmine, 7 lessons with Andrew

Excellent tutor!

Andrew went over a complicated assignment with me for my engineering class. Andrew took the time to explain in detail how to work the problem and helped me understand the theory behind it. I highly recommend him for any and all assignments big or small. Easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable. I look forward to working with him again.

Kiera, 2 lessons with Andrew

Great instructor, patient

Andrew is an excellent tutor. He does a great job of breaking a problem down into manageable steps. Very patient. I highly recommend him to anyone struggling with a mechanical engineering course.

John, 18 lessons with Andrew

Very knowledgeable!

I only had one lesson on Matlab with Andrew so far. And he was very helpful. He definitely knows the subject. He even took the time to see and learn about the material I was struggling with, and with a time frame we had, he managed to help me with my problem and even gave good tips on using Matlab. I really wish he was my professor!

Tessa, 2 lessons with Andrew

Excellent tutor

Andrew taught MATLAB. Very patient and knowledgeable tutor. Taught the basics but also helped with some of my homework. Looking to take more lessons in the semester.

Sri, 1 lesson with Andrew

Dependable tutor with experience with image processing

I originally came for help with linear algebra but it turns out he also has experience with image processing using matlab so he also was able to help with that as well. Highly recommend.

Richard, 1 lesson with Andrew

His mind is insanely skilled and he knows how to teach

We worked on FFT and windowed signals by using Matlab. He figured out the topic very quickly he explained everything well. I feel lucky I found him, I hope he will continue to tutor! It seems like I will need his knowledge even after I graduate! Thank you!

James, 2 lessons with Andrew

thank you thank you!

Super great help, I really appreciate it! Very knowledgeable on the topics covered; helped me understand the physical meaning behind the math. Thank you again!

Jessica, 2 lessons with Andrew

Responsive, highly specialized and worth every penny

Before I found Andrew I was struggling with a CFD project that I felt I did not have the background to complete. Andrew quickly assessed the problem statement and taught me the concepts while developing models for me to reference and strengthen my understanding of the material on my own time. I was extremely impressed with his breadth of knowledge and ability to quickly troubleshoot any hiccups along the way in regards to coding or any points of confusion. Working with Andrew has allowed me to make progress with my work while improving my knowledge of CFD in substantive ways. He is also very responsive to follow up questions and opportunities to build on prior lessons. I highly recommend reaching out to him for assistance with specific projects or even building an understanding of fluid mechanics overall!

Erik, 8 lessons with Andrew
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