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Michael P.

Albuquerque, NM

$35/hour

Educated and Experienced Math / Physics Tutor

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 12/27/16
4.4 average from 29 ratings

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Universtiy of New Mexico
Physics and Applied Mathematics
University of California Riverside (UCR)
Master's
University of California Riverside (UCR)
PhD

Education

Universtiy of New Mexico (Physics and Applied Mathematics)

University of California Riverside (UCR) (Master's)

University of California Riverside (UCR) (PhD)

About Michael

Hello all!

My name is Mike.
I am an experienced tutor previously certified by the Collegiate Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). I started tutoring in 2008 at the University of New Mexico, while working on my Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Applied Math. Since then, I have helped many students understand physics and math in various settings and capacities including: independent tutoring, casual group lessons, laboratory instruction, and discussion sessions.

These experiences have been greatly enhanced by my graduate education in physics from the University of California, Riverside, where I took on all types of teaching assignments at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Now that I have earned my Master's and Ph.D., I have returned to New Mexico to drive education and change.

I can help with all levels of physics, e.g. intro/conceptual up to quantum mechanics, and I can tutor all levels of math from algebra and above, e.g. algebra I & II, geometry, calculus, and differential equations. I have exceptional experience at the college level, and some experience at lower levels as well. Whether you're a science-whiz looking for a little supplemental information, or a math-phobe just trying to survive the semester, I can help you reach your educational goals.

I look forward to helping you understand these difficult yet interesting subjects.
Hello all!

My name is Mike.
I am an experienced tutor previously certified by the Collegiate Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). I started tutoring in 2008 at the University of New Mexico, while working on my Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Applied Math. Since then, I have helped many students understand physics and
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Cancellation
4 hours notice required

Given rate is for a typical one-on-one lesson. Ask about rates for block schedules and group lessons. Rates are negotiable as needed.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Albuquerque, NM 87110
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus,
Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Precalculus, Trigonometry
Science:
Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
C++, Computer Programming, Mathematica,
MATLAB,
Python
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is an introduction to symbolic math and fundamental rules. It introduces the representation of numbers with symbols, and deals with manipulation of these symbols in a mathematical context. Typical problems include solving equations for a single variable using various methods.

I have been practicing algebra for 15+ years. In high school I won the Excellence in Mathematics award upon graduation, which was due partly to my work in algebra. More recently, I graduated from UNM with my degree in physics and math, earning a 4.01 GPA for the math major. I also studied physics at the graduate level at the University of California, Riverside, which required extensive application of algebra. This experience combined with my CRLA tutor certification shows that I could be of great help for your Algebra 1 study.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 includes generalizations of many topics from Algebra 1. Topics include: polynomials and plotting, factoring/simplifying expressions, and an introduction to functions. With a solid foundation of algebra 1 and 2, the student should be ready to approach calculus, which has countless applications.

I have been practicing algebra for 15+ years. I earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Riverside, which required extensive application of algebra. This experience combined with my CRLA tutor certification shows that I could be of great help for your Algebra 2 study.

Calculus

Calculus builds more on the foundations of algebra, sometimes after preparation like precalculus or trigonometry. Calculus primarily deals with change. For example, if you kept track of your speed as a function of time you could use calculus to find the total distance travelled, even if your speed varies wildly. Calculus provides the tools for predicting/understanding any phenomenon: weather patterns, population & social patterns, motion of planets & galaxies, etc. Being so broad with so many applications, it's easy to see why many students need some help understanding it; however, it quickly becomes one of the most useful branches of mathematics no matter what you study.

I have been practicing calculus for 10+ years. In high school I won the Excellence in Mathematics award upon graduation, which was due largely to my performance in Calculus. Later, I graduated from UNM with my degree in physics and math, earning a 4.01 GPA for the math major. I have now earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Riverside, which required extensive application of calculus. This experience combined with my CRLA certification experience shows that I could be of great help for your Calculus study.

Cooking

Being able to cook your own food is essential to take charge of your health -- and it's fun!

It can be intimidating at first, listening to all of the various ingredients and methods used by the professionals on cooking shows, or trying to make sense out of some complex recipes. But with a little patience, you too can learn to cook tasty and healthy food with whatever constraints you like: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, raw, or completely omnivorous.

I have been cooking since I was very young, my interest picking up when I was in high school (around 2005). From watching influential home cooks either at home or on television, I learned the essential techniques and concepts and eventually I began to create my own food identity. I do not follow constraints (e.g. vegetarian) strictly myself, but I have cooked meals for all types of people and I can help you learn to adapt your methods/recipes as well. From buying groceries to doing multi-step procedures in the kitchen, I can help you take charge of your food.

Differential Equations

The topic of Differential Equations originates from Calculus, which introduces the concept of differentials. The main point is that the change in some quantity (its differential) can be related to the quantity itself, for example the number of tigers born today is related to the number of tigers already alive and able to reproduce. Importantly, this sort of relationship between change and current status is extraordinarily common, appearing in social dynamics, nuclear physics, biological systems, etc. Partly because of this tremendous generality, differential equations can be very difficult to understand and even more difficult to solve. However, with a few solid concepts and some algebra skills, you can come to understand and appreciate this important branch of mathematics.

My first exposure to differential equations was in 2008 at UNM. Since then, I have studied the topic in various contexts including pure math, physics (classical, quantum, statistical), population, and phenomenological. Besides my own experience with differential equations, I have also helped many students over the years to understand and solve them.

Discrete Math

Discrete Math is a branch of mathematics dealing with objects or quantities which are always separated in some way. Examples are integers (1,2,3,...), graphs, logic statements, and basically anything that does not vary continuously.

My first exposure to this special area was actually in an Analysis class at UNM in 2010. It turns out that the concepts and logic methods developed in discrete math are essential for understanding the bigger ideas connected to things like calculus and group theory. After some exposure in college and extensive applications in graduate school, and with my years of educational experience, I am confident I can help you understand this fundamental area of mathematics.

Mathematica

Mathematica is a program for analyzing and visualizing just about any system. It uses the Wolfram programming language, wholly distinct from C-based or other well-known languages. Part of Mathematica's usefulness is the fact that it is largely symbolic, allowing for algebra, calculus, trigonometry, differential equations, and other mathematical topics to be investigated without the use of numerical lists of any kind. Similarly, one may plot functions and solve large systems of equations with very little input other than the actual equations. At higher levels, the user can build hyper-general functions that can handle different numbers and types of arguments, and complex processes (numerical or otherwise) can be carried out using nested functional programming. Whether you just need to plot a trig function, or you have to solve a set of nonlinear differential equations, or you want to visualize complex social networks, Mathematica is one of the first go-to analytical tools.

I first saw Mathematica many years ago, but I didn't take it seriously until it was required as part of my graduate studies beginning in 2012. At that point, I used my previous programming experience (primarily MATLAB at the time) to teach myself how to use Mathematica. I quickly saw the usefulness of symbolic functional programming, and I went on to use Mathematica almost exclusively for all the analysis and visualizations used in my research and ultimately my dissertation. Regardless of your interests, Mathematica can help you approach your problems and foster your curious mind. With my experience using and teaching others about Mathematica, I am confident that I can help you make the most out of it.

MATLAB

MATLAB is one of many computer programs designed to evaluate or simulate math problems quickly. It primarily uses numerical arrays, such as vectors and matrices, to represent various situations. It's extremely useful for many problems ranging from pure math to physics, chemistry, and biology because it is capable of performing numerical calculations very quickly. MATLAB has its own language, which is very similar to C/C++ (because it's based on C), and allows for very versatile functionality.

The first time I had to use MATLAB, in 2008, I was very confused and didn't do very well in related classwork. However, after having to use it in upper level physics classes, I realized how simple and useful it really is and I started to get full points on assignments that involved its use. Now I've been using MATLAB off and on for many years, I've helped students to better understand it in the past, and I even use it occasionally to investigate things in my spare time.

Physics

Physics is an extraordinarily broad subject, essentially defined as the study of the universe. As such, there is literally no part of everyday experience escaping the description of physics -- the motion of cars, planes, boats, and animals is well described by "classical" physics; the properties of light, its manipulation, and its generation are described by "electrodynamics"; the behavior of extremely small and light entities, e.g. the electron in a Hydrogen atom, is described by "quantum" physics. These are examples of the sub-fields within physics, which generally have sub-fields of their own.

Physics is my primary subject of expertise, being my primary interest, but also requires extensive mathematical knowledge, particularly algebra and calculus. During the study of physics, especially in the introductory/general courses, it's common to get "tunnel vision" -- the student completes each assignment but has a hard time unifying various concepts. This is very important to deal with, particularly if the student is interested in engineering or other physics-related fields, because the concepts of physics are truly universal; it doesn't matter if you're talking about water flow through city pipe systems (as in civil engineering) or blood flow through the circulatory system (as in physiology), the physics is essentially the same. This "tunnel vision" is something I've seen repeatedly from both novice and experienced students, and is an example of the specific conceptual problems I try to prevent.

I have been practicing physics for 10+ years. In 2011, I graduated from the University of New Mexico, earning a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics. While at UNM, I began tutoring physics with the university's official organization CAPS. I later earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Riverside, investigating the properties of certain classes of materials and effects. This experience combined with my previous CRLA tutor certification shows that I could be of great help for your study of physics.

Universtiy of New Mexico
Physics and Applied Mathematics
University of California Riverside (UCR)
Master's
University of California Riverside (UCR)
PhD

Education

Universtiy of New Mexico (Physics and Applied Mathematics)

University of California Riverside (UCR) (Master's)

University of California Riverside (UCR) (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Given rate is for a typical one-on-one lesson. Ask about rates for block schedules and group lessons. Rates are negotiable as needed.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 30 miles of Albuquerque, NM 87110.