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Andrew P.

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

Tutor for engineering, physics-related subjects, and MATLAB

$59/hour

  • 2,640 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: $59
  • 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

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

5.0 (866 ratings)
5 star
(848)
4 star
(10)
3 star
(4)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(3)

Reviews


Knows Fluids!

Awesome at teaching Fluid Dynamics. Showed great professionalism and proficiency with this subject and definitely would want to repeat a session of fluids with this tutor.

Nathan, 2 lessons with Andrew

Amazing Tutor

He help me go through the practice problems for my Differential Equations Class. We Review Wronkian, Initial Value Problems, Spring/Mass problem, and more. I really recommend him if your struggling with differential equation whether it's for Calc 3 or Differential Equations.

Kendra, 3 lessons with Andrew

Never Disappoints

Andrew is a high quality static’s machine. He is very knowledgeable about the subject, is extremely professional, and does not mind revisiting old concepts to the point of mastery.

Jacob, 4 lessons with Andrew

Great MATLAB tutor

Andrew helped me with programming homework that I had been stuck on for over a week. He made it seem so simple and walked me through it step by step. Highly recommend him, knowledgeable and personable!

Ada, 2 lessons with Andrew

Incredibly informative and patient

I learned SO much from Andrew - he was incredibly knowledgeable and gave such in-depth, detailed explanations of topics I've been confused by for weeks, and used multiple approaches in his explanations to ensure I fully understood the material. He also remained so patient and encouraging throughout the lesson that he's one of the only teachers I've ever felt comfortable asking questions from.

Herah, 3 lessons with Andrew

Very helpful and understanding

He was not judgmental to my knowledge on the subject and helped me through my struggles very patiently. He waited for me to figure things out and helped me when I hit a wall.

Abdulla, 1 lesson with Andrew

Differential Equations

Very happy to have found Andrew who thoroughly explained a few involved problems. He was so helpful and we will be calling on him again to stay ahead of the material. Many thanks!

Eileen, 5 lessons with Andrew

Was able to help where no one else could

I am a current graduate student and was thrown into a math course way above my head. Dr. Perrin was able catch me up in our first session. Definitely going to him with any math help from here on out.

Anthony, 2 lessons with Andrew

Thermodynamics

Andrew was great, very patient, knowledgeable and helpful in a difficult subject. Spent a lot of time explaining and working out problems. Would recommend highly.

Linda, 2 lessons with Andrew
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$59/hour

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Andrew P.

$59/hour

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Response time: 55 minutes