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Andrew P.

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

$65/hour

  • 4,105 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 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

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

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

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

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

5.0 (1,375 ratings)
5 star
(1,357)
4 star
(10)
3 star
(4)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(3)

Reviews


Excellent Matlab tutor

Andrew knows Matlab cold.He answered the question and explained the answer.The question concerned using Matlab for simulation. The simulation requred the use of the Euler technique to create an iteative process. '

Richard, 7 lessons with Andrew

FEA method

Very professional. He knows all the concept and the theory of finite elements method. He also knows the Matlab very well and applied it on the FEA. There is no problem for him to do the difficult projects.

Cheng-Hsun, 20 lessons with Andrew
Tutor responded:

Thanks! (For new clients: I don't do people's projects, I try to help them do their own projects. But I'm definitely willing to help with the hard ones.)

Great teacher. Really knowledable in Matlab.

If you need a tutor to help you get your assignment or project started, then use Andrew. No offense to him, but I think he was there when Matlab began lol, so he knows his stuff. Reasonably priced too for his services. Use Andrew if you need help with Matlab!

Jason, 1 lesson with Andrew
Tutor responded:

Thanks! I'm not ~quite~ old enough to have been there when MATLAB began — the first commercial release was in 1984, when I was 6 — but I've been using it since 1998, so it's been almost 23 years now!

Very knowledgeable and thorough tutor!!

He taught me how to set up and code for higher order differentiable equations using the finite and forward Euler method. He was extremely thorough and explained each step in detail so I can feel confident in any future problems similar.

Mindy, 8 lessons with Andrew

Immediately helpful in one session

I am taking a class on using analytical and numerical methods to solve engineering equations like the heat equation for common applications in engineering. The class is recorded lectures on math and assignments doing programming to get charts for the math. As someone who has only learned so much programming and forgotten some of that small amount, that was a problem. Andrew stepped through a solution to the heat equation with a given set of boundary conditions to ensure it was correct and showed and explained clean methods to implement that kind of math into matlab simply. Since that session, I have been able to correct a past assignment I had messed up and complete another assignment in a fraction of the time I had spent before.

Candace, 3 lessons with Andrew

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Statics and physics - he was very thorough and spent time walking me thru concepts to ensure I understood what was going on. I appreciated his patient approach.

Winnie, 6 lessons with Andrew

great tutor

Enjoyed working with this tutor. He direct and to the point. Is also patient and doesn't mind stupid questions. Thank you!

Kais, 22 lessons with Andrew
Tutor responded:

Hah, well you didn't ask any stupid questions! (Stupid questions are ones like, "Will you help me cheat on my exam?" not, "What is the difference between thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity?")

Extremely Knowledgeable and Flexible

I had a unique project where I needed help with the physics of world building for a novel I am writing. Andrew answered my questions, guided me through the physics, and helped simulate possible scenarios that would be realistic within my constraints. The experience alluded to Andrew’s broad knowledge on the subject. Moreover, my limited knowledge of physics did not hinder his explanations making tons of sense. Andrew definitely knows his stuff. Absolutely recommend!

Eika, 1 lesson with Andrew

very knowledgeable

Helped me on the spot with some linear algebra concepts. Was able to break down the problem and explain easily. Tried a couple problems after our session and got them all right on the first try

William, 1 lesson with Andrew
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