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Robert A.

Medfield, MA

$75/hour

Certified Teacher and Engineer - Tutoring Physics, Maths, and Sciences

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Background check passed as of 5/16/14
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— Michelle, Norfolk, MA on 10/6/13

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University of Hartford - BSEE, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Simmons College - MAT, Master of Arts in Teaching Physics
MEd
Northeastern University and Bridgewater State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Hartford - BSEE, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Electrical Engineering)

Simmons College - MAT, Master of Arts in Teaching Physics (MEd)

Northeastern University and Bridgewater State University (Graduate Coursework)

About Robert

I am a retired teacher, instructor for the Naval Academy, and electrical engineer tutoring maths and sciences. I have a Massachusetts teaching certificate; 10 years experience teaching high school physics, astronomy, and chemistry; 22 years designing computer hardware and networking equipment; and 10 years as a construction electrician. Teaching is my 3rd career. After two other careers and 30 years prior work experience, I came to teaching as an avocation as well as a vocation.

I enjoy getting to know students so that I can tailor my teaching to each of their needs and strengths. When tutoring I am able to frame each question to lead to the understanding of a concept. There is a great satisfaction when I see that 'aha' moment and know we can move on.

I like to show students how mathematics is both a tool and a language. Mathematics is a tool for scientist to solve problems using data from experiments, and to predict future results and events. I show them how to apply their mathematics principles including Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, and Calculus to help in solving their science problems. I teach that mathematics is also a language, the language of science; and it has a syntax and semantics just as any natural language does. Mathematics is the language scientists use to describe the universe - Mathematics is the language of science because unlike natural human languages, mathematics is precise and exact.

I have taught Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Astronomy, and IPS for high school freshmen, juniors, and seniors at the honors, college, and general levels: and I have been Assistant Professor of Physics on the adjunct faculty of a nearby university, and currently an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport. I like helping my students truly understand their subjects. I believe their success depends on their understanding of the material; not on memorization and a calculator, or reading then reciting an answer. With their own true understanding of the concepts, quiz questions and problems become simpler; and as a bonus the knowledge can be used in other courses and in life. When they really understand the wonderful things they can do - that is when they want to know more. If you are interested in understanding your Physics, Science, and Maths as opposed to just solving problems, then I am the tutor for you.

Résumé
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I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). I have studied a wide variety of mathematics and science subjects both during my preparation for teaching, and before that in preparation for my earlier career as an electrical engineer. In addition I have completed post-graduate work in physics, science, mathematics, engineering, computers, and education; including courses on Teaching AP Physics and in the Mathematical Modeling Method for Teaching Physics.

I was an electrical engineer designing computer hardware for 20 years before becoming a teacher. Electrical Engineering is a study of physics, especially Electro-Magnetics, and the mathematics required to describe electrical systems and to solve EE problems. I have done advanced work in both physics and mathematics; and in my engineering work I applied my knowledge of mathematics and science in the solution of problems.

I originally started out to be a Bio-Medical Engineer and began my studies in a dual-degree program at UConn for a BSEE and BA in Biology. I finished my baccalauréate at the University of Hartford in a BSEE program concentrating in computer systems and hardware design. Due to this I have studied a wide variety of subjects. In addition to my major in Electrical Engineering I have major concentrations in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Engineering; and minors in Chemistry, and Biology.

I was an electrician in construction for 10 years while attending college part-time. I then worked for 20 years at Raytheon, Prime Computer, and Digital Computer (DEC) designing computer systems, CPUs, memory, and networking hardware. I have two U.S. and related foreign patents for computer design. After my work in the computer industry is when I completed my MAT in Physics and became a teacher.

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Physics, AP Physics, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C, Calculus, Calc, Trigonometry, Trig, Precalculus, Pre Calculus, Pre-calculus, Precalc, Pre-Calc, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra I, Algebra 2, Algebra II ]]
I am a retired teacher, instructor for the Naval Academy, and electrical engineer tutoring maths and sciences. I have a Massachusetts teaching certificate; 10 years experience teaching high school physics, Read more

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Lessons are one hour minimum. Ask about group and home-school rates. Families of Deployed and Recently Deployed Soldiers: Special arrangements can be made.

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Travels within 15 miles of Medfield, MA 02052
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"Knowledgeable and patient"

- Michelle, Norfolk, MA on 10/6/13

"Goes beyond expectations, great teacher."

- Lourdes, Medfield, MA on 6/21/15

"Great!"

- Susan, Framingham, MA on 6/17/15

"Nice First Meeting"

- Heather, Medfield, MA on 9/6/14

"Great tutor and very patient in explaining the problems"

- Anjum, North Attleboro, MA on 7/1/14

"Great Physics Tutor"

- Lindsey, Walpole, MA on 6/24/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Chung, Sharon, MA on 6/12/14
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Electrical Engineering,
Physics

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Algebra 1

I am a retired high school teacher, currently a math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, and have been tutoring algebra for many years.

Algebra 2

I have been tutoring algebra for many years. I am a retired high school teacher and currently a math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport.

Calculus

I am a math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I teach calculus and other maths from algebra to precalculus. I am a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring calculus for many years.

Chemistry

I am a retired Massachusetts licensed science teacher. I have taught chemistry, physical science, physics, and astronomy in high schools and I have been on the adjunct faculty of a nearby university.

Computer Engineering

A computer engineering major is always studied in a school of engineering and is the study and application of engineering to the design, development, and maintenance of computer hardware and software. Computer Engineering is how to design systems that include both computer hardware and software from an engineering aspect and is a different discipline from Computer Science. It is designing a computer with electrical and software engineers from a small cell phone to a large computing system for an international company and includes designing the hardware, firmware, operating systems, networks, and communications between computers. Computer Engineering also includes the core coursework of an engineering degree including higher mathematics, physics, science and engineering courses.

I have a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hartford (W. Hartford Conn.). During my studies I concentrated much of my course work in computers. I have taken graduate coursework in computer engineering at Northeastern University. I spent 20 years in the computer industry designing computer and networking hardware for Prime Computer, Digital Computer, and Bytex.(The 1st two were manufacturers of mini-computers and Bytex was a manufacturer of networking hardware.)

Discrete Math

Discreet mathematics is the study of things that can only exist is defined states or at defined times. It is similar to the difference between integers (discreet) and all real numbers (continuous) with integers being only certain numbers and real numbers also including everything in between. Discreet maths are at the core of computer engineering where computers only have ones and zeros. Discreet maths are also basic in communication and communication. It is a basis for the new digital TV signals we have compared to the old analogue signals.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and a Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching. During my studies in Electrical Engineer and Physics I studied mathematics extensively from Algebra through Calculus, Engineering Calculus, Differential Equations, and many other advanced mathematics including Discreet Mathematics. I have studied Discreet Mathematics in my curriculum for my BSEE, in my graduate work, and especially in my studies of computer hardware design. I used discreet maths in my work for 20 years designing computer hardware.

Electrical Engineering

Overview:
Electrical Engineering is the major subject I studied in college and one of my favorites to tutor. Electrical engineering is the study of physics, especially electricity and magnetism, and the mathematics to describe electrical systems and solve electrical problems. There are many branches of electrical engineering and I am at ease with the basics of all of them. My best branches are circuits, computers, designing with high speed signals, circuit boards, and digital logic design.

I have a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hartford (W. Hartford Conn.). During my studies I concentrated much of my course work in computers. I have taken graduate coursework in computer engineering at Northeastern University. I spent 20 years in the computer industry designing computer and networking hardware for Prime Computer, Digital Computer, and Bytex. (The 1st two were manufacturers of mini-computers and Bytex was a manufacturer of networking hardware, ethernet, token-ring, and FDDI.)

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I also have a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). As part of my education, in addition to the core engineering and electrical courses, I studied digital logic and Boolean algebra, computer organization and design, software engineering, programming, and numerical analysis For 20 years as an electrical engineer I used my knowledge of logic and Boolean algebra to design computer hardware.

Geometry

Overview:
Geometry is another area of mathematics where the students are stretched in their abilities. The geometry that is taught is Euclidean geometry. It follows the writings of Euclid of ancient Greece; it defines one item and builds another by logic and proofs, eventually a whole system of geometry is defined. This challenges students to extend their abstract thinking skills and also challenges the students to think in formal logic for what is usually the first time in their lives.

I am a Massachusetts licensed Science Teacher. I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and a Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching. During my studies in Electrical Engineer and Physics I have studied mathematics extensively from Algebra through Calculus, Engineering Calculus, Differential Equations, and many other advanced mathematics. Electrical Engineering is a study of physics, especially Electro-Magnetics, and the mathematics required to describe electrical systems and to solve EE problems. As a Physics and Science teacher I have taught Applied Mathematics principles including Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, and Calculus to students to solve their science problems.

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The mechanics of geometry in calculating volumes and areas are not often an issue. The logical proofs and constructions of bisecting lines and other proofs are a stumbling block for many. Students need to be guided with multiple explanations to understand the new subject and in ways to think logically and step by step to build a geometry system. I have studied Euclid's geometry and other geometries in my engineering and physics and have multiple ways to show students how to solve their geometry problems.

Want to find the properties of an obelisk? How about the Washington Monument, the Bunker Hill Monument, or Cleopatra's Needle from the Luxor Temple which Egypt gave to France in 1833 and is now in Paris at the Place de la Concorde. We can find the volume, surface area, height, and weight.

Linear Algebra

Linear Algebra is a study techniques to solve multiple equations at simultaneously using matrices. Linear Algebra and matrices are a fundamental engineering technique for solving many problems. The matrices can represent trigonometry functions, algebra equations, vectors, differential equations, or financial, weather, or statistical models; just to name some.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and a Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching. During my studies in Electrical Engineer and Physics I studied mathematics extensively from Algebra through Calculus, Engineering Calculus, Differential Equations, and many other advanced mathematics including Linear Algebra. I studied Linear Algebra in my curriculum for my BSEE, in my graduate work, and in my studies of computer hardware design. I used Linear Algebra in my work for over 30 years as an electrical engineer and physics teacher.

Logic

Overview:
Logic can be many things; many disciplines have a study of logic as it relates to their subject. Philosophy studies symbolic logic as a way to determine the validity of a formal argument and the truth of statements. Logic in philosophy uses predicate and propositional calculus. Mathematics and computer science studies logic in a mathematical way using Boolean algebra. Computers all operate using digital logic circuits.

As part of my education I studied digital logic and Boolean algebra in engineering. I also studied symbolic logic and predicate and propositional calculus in the philosophy department. For 20 years as an electrical engineer I used my knowledge of logic and Boolean algebra to design computer hardware.

More:
I have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT); and I was was a computer hardware designer for 20 years. I have studied and used formal logic systems extensively in my work designing computers. I used Boolean algebra and digital logic to design and analyze computer circuits.

There are other logic systems such as 1st order logic that are studied in mathematics and other disciplines. The details of different logic systems vary but the basic concepts are the same. Logic is one of my favorite subjects and my interest in it is what influenced my becoming a computer designer.

Physics

I am a retired Massachusetts licensed Physics Teacher. I have taught physics and astronomy in high schools and maintain my physics teaching license. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching Physics (MAT) and have been Assistant Professor of Physics on the adjunct faculty of a nearby university.

Precalculus

I am a retired high school teacher and have been tutoring precalculus for many years. I am currently a math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport where I teach precalculus and other maths from algebra to calculus.

Trigonometry

I have been tutoring trigonometry for many years and developed ways for my students to understand and remember all the trig identities. Trigonometry is vitally important in calculus and engineering; and I have used in in my studies of engineering and in my engineering career. I am also a retired high school teacher and currently a math instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport.

University of Hartford - BSEE, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Simmons College - MAT, Master of Arts in Teaching Physics
MEd
Northeastern University and Bridgewater State University
Graduate Coursework

Education

University of Hartford - BSEE, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Electrical Engineering)

Simmons College - MAT, Master of Arts in Teaching Physics (MEd)

Northeastern University and Bridgewater State University (Graduate Coursework)

Knowledgeable and patient — Bob's knowledge of math and science is extensive and impressive. He is quickly able to provide support and guidance in an extremely patient manner. A true delight! ...

— Michelle, Norfolk, MA on 10/6/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Lessons are one hour minimum. Ask about group and home-school rates. Families of Deployed and Recently Deployed Soldiers: Special arrangements can be made.

Travel policy

Robert will travel within 15 miles of Medfield, MA 02052.