Hi. I'm Dave. I'm recently retired from White Sands Missile Range where I served as a research physicist for 36 years. I've worked with over 70 co-authors on papers covering various aspects of atmospheric sciences and I am eager to share this knowledge with students in this area. My work has covered many aspects of mathematics, to include geometry, algebra (I and II), trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, Laplace/Legendre/Fourier functions, linear algebra, finite difference...
Hi. I'm Dave. I'm recently retired from White Sands Missile Range where I served as a research physicist for 36 years. I've worked with over 70 co-authors on papers covering various aspects of atmospheric sciences and I am eager to share this knowledge with students in this area. My work has covered many aspects of mathematics, to include geometry, algebra (I and II), trigonometry, calculus, differential equations, Laplace/Legendre/Fourier functions, linear algebra, finite difference methods, plus aspects of physics primarily in radiative transfer and heat flow equations. While this work has not specifically involved tutoring, we often encounter other scientists and non-experts who need to be familiarized with the material. I usually work two ways to convey this information. The first involves introducing a subject and providing general rules and then specific examples. The second is more of a question and answer approach where I find out what the student knows and where the gaps are in their knowledge to help fill in those gaps in ways that will provide a fuller understanding of the topical material. While I am not a tutor by trade (yet) I hope to gain experience and am very flexible to learning new techniques. My main experiences tutoring have been with younger scientists and engineers. I also tutored my son through several college-level math classes to include algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and differential equations. Primarily this involved answering his questions and helping to address the basic understandings of the mathematical system, since all math is really related to an underlying cohesive whole.
Still, what students want and need are specific aids to help them in their classes. So I focus on the material in their textbooks to directly assist them to understand the material that they are dealing with currently. I can also offer examples based on my history in math and science to show how this material is important from a practical viewpoint. I am easy to reach and will respond as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact me through the website with any questions or to schedule a lesson. By focusing on the most important material of the moment I will attempt to keep the number of sessions needed to a minimum.
My skills in math are based on courses throughout my career in math (Algebra I & II, Geometry, Calculus, Trigonometry, Differential Equations, Complex Numbers, Special Functions, Statistics, etc.) but also to many excellent teachers who taught me through both example and making us work through problems so they could guide us in our understanding. While I can go into depth on many topics, I always attempt to simplify a problem to the audience at hand to help them understand the concepts. I have over 70 papers I've published plus over 50 presentations I've prepared and given during the years.
I wouldn't call myself a great physics tutor, even though my bachelor's degree was in physics. However, I do have a solid grasp of both high school and freshman/sophomore level college physics. I certainly can answer any questions related to gravitational forces, electricity, and magnetism. I have done research in radiative transfer and heat flow problems. I've also studied fluid dynamics and fluid flow problems. So I should be able to address any questions that students have in physics. I have basically taught physics principles to co-workers for over 30 years.
As a recent retiree my schedule is very flexible. I can also travel as far as El Paso, Deming, or Alamogordo, though my center is in Las Cruces. Please get in touch if you have any questions about what areas you would be interested in receiving help in and what times/places would be best for scheduling lessons.