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Jim S.

Physics (and math) are fun, really

Physics (and math) are fun, really

$30/hour

  • 734 hours tutoring

About Jim


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Unlike many of the tutors that appear on this site, I an not a professional teacher. I have, however, been a tutor for many years. I got my start, quite by accident, while a physics teaching assistant at the University of California. My job was to teach a freshman physics lab course. Most of the students were able to do the lab work but had problems using calculus to do their physics and math homework. One student nailed the issue as similar to taking a french literature course while trying...

Unlike many of the tutors that appear on this site, I an not a professional teacher. I have, however, been a tutor for many years. I got my start, quite by accident, while a physics teaching assistant at the University of California. My job was to teach a freshman physics lab course. Most of the students were able to do the lab work but had problems using calculus to do their physics and math homework. One student nailed the issue as similar to taking a french literature course while trying to learn French at the sane time. So needless to say I spent about half my time teaching the lab course and the rest helping some of the students with their math and physics homework. I found this very rewarding and fun.

After grad school I went to work in industry initially as a applied mathematician in a laboratory. During my working career I continually encountered students who needed help with mathematical concepts and how to apply them in the "real world". I've found the analytical training that is developed as a result of mastering various mathematical disciplines provides an excellent tool for achieving success in many area of life as well as "acing" your next math course.

I use, and encourage students to use MS Excel to help visualize concepts such as distributions, limits, derivatives,finding roots, equations of motion and simulations. The student should have some basic Excel skills.

I also have considerable experience in general corporate management, strategic planning and new product development.


Education

University of Rochester, NY
Physics
University of California San Diego
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $30
  • Rate details: $20 per hour when the student commits to an extended number of on line sessions. (4 or more)
  • Lesson cancellation: 3 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/27/2015

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel

I've used Excel for the last 20 years, mainly in engineering applications

Computer

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel

I've used Excel for the last 20 years, mainly in engineering applications

Corporate Training

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I've used Excel for the last 20 years, mainly in engineering applications
Statistics

Statistics

Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

After the subject many times with good success.
Calculus,

Calculus

I tutor to help students achieve any of the following mathematical skills: Students should be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal. They should understand the connections among these representations. • Students should understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, and should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems. • Students should understand the meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change, and should be able to use integrals to solve a variety of problems. • Students should understand the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. • Students should be able to communicate mathematics and explain solutions to problems both verbally and in written sentences. • Students should be able to model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral. • Students should be able to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. • Students should be able to determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement. • Students should develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
Physics,

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I tutor to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced. I can also cover analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. This subject is important for any student planning to take a college algebra or college pre-calculus class.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The math sections of SAT measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. My tutoring is focused on four areas of mathematics that are typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The Algebra section was recently expanded to include basic College Algebra.
Statistics,

Statistics

Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses
Algebra 2

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

After the subject many times with good success.
Calculus,

Calculus

I tutor to help students achieve any of the following mathematical skills: Students should be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal. They should understand the connections among these representations. • Students should understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, and should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems. • Students should understand the meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change, and should be able to use integrals to solve a variety of problems. • Students should understand the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. • Students should be able to communicate mathematics and explain solutions to problems both verbally and in written sentences. • Students should be able to model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral. • Students should be able to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. • Students should be able to determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement. • Students should develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
Physics,

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I tutor to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced. I can also cover analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. This subject is important for any student planning to take a college algebra or college pre-calculus class.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The math sections of SAT measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. My tutoring is focused on four areas of mathematics that are typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The Algebra section was recently expanded to include basic College Algebra.
Statistics,

Statistics

Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses
ACT Math, Algebra 2

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

After the subject many times with good success.
Calculus,

Calculus

I tutor to help students achieve any of the following mathematical skills: Students should be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal. They should understand the connections among these representations. • Students should understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, and should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems. • Students should understand the meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change, and should be able to use integrals to solve a variety of problems. • Students should understand the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. • Students should be able to communicate mathematics and explain solutions to problems both verbally and in written sentences. • Students should be able to model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral. • Students should be able to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. • Students should be able to determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement. • Students should develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
Physics,

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I tutor to cover topics in Algebra ranging from polynomial, rational, and exponential functions to conic sections. Trigonometry concepts such as Law of Sines and Cosines will be introduced. I can also cover analytic geometry and calculus concepts such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. This subject is important for any student planning to take a college algebra or college pre-calculus class.
Statistics,

Statistics

Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses
Algebra 2

Science

Physics

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

After the subject many times with good success.
Calculus,

Calculus

I tutor to help students achieve any of the following mathematical skills: Students should be able to work with functions represented in a variety of ways: graphical, numerical, analytical, or verbal. They should understand the connections among these representations. • Students should understand the meaning of the derivative in terms of a rate of change and local linear approximation, and should be able to use derivatives to solve a variety of problems. • Students should understand the meaning of the definite integral both as a limit of Riemann sums and as the net accumulation of change, and should be able to use integrals to solve a variety of problems. • Students should understand the relationship between the derivative and the definite integral as expressed in both parts of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. • Students should be able to communicate mathematics and explain solutions to problems both verbally and in written sentences. • Students should be able to model a written description of a physical situation with a function, a differential equation, or an integral. • Students should be able to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results, and support conclusions. • Students should be able to determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy, and units of measurement. • Students should develop an appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and as a human accomplishment.
Physics,

Physics

I tutor the following topics: Newton's Laws Least Action and Lagrangian mechanics Pascal's and Archimedes' Principles solid and fluid mechanics wave motion and sound electricity and magnetism thermodynamics circuits optics quantum mechanics particle physics
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The math sections of SAT measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. My tutoring is focused on four areas of mathematics that are typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The Algebra section was recently expanded to include basic College Algebra.
Statistics,

Statistics

Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses
Algebra 2

Test Preparation

SAT Math,

SAT Math

The math sections of SAT measure a student’s ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form. My tutoring is focused on four areas of mathematics that are typically covered in the first three years of American high school education: Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Data Analysis. The Algebra section was recently expanded to include basic College Algebra.
ACT Math, ASVAB

Examples of Expertise


Jim has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 770 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.8 (343 ratings)
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4 star
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3 star
(7)
2 star
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Reviews


Great tutor, very knowledgeable, great communication over all

Jim is very organize and respond to emails and texts very fast. He also let you know what he covered during the session at the end of each session.

Jackie, 14 lessons with Jim

Amazing tutor!

Jim is a great tutor. He has helped me master various concepts in Calculus BC and even works after hours to help me. I have improved a lot through Jim's help! He's not only a teacher but an awesome motivator as well!

Nanki, 70 lessons with Jim

Great tutor, very knowledgeable, great communication over all

My son was very comfortable asking question about subject and subject was explain well. Jim is very organize and respond to emails and texts very fast. He also let you know what he covered during the session at the end of each session.

Jackie, 14 lessons with Jim

Great Instructor, very patient and knowledgeable

I initially thought we’d be discussing calculus but soon found that I actually needed help with Algebra. Jim was very patient, knowledgeable and helpful in assisting me in getting an understanding of Algebra 1. Thanks Jim!

Kay , 1 lesson with Jim

Great Tutor

He taught me about gravitational fields and electromagnetic induction. I like the fact that he lets me ask questions whenever I need clarification, and ensures that I understand the concept well. He is very knowledgeable about physics and he had answers to all my questions.

Mary Catherine, 1 lesson with Jim

OHM law math formulas

Jim was able to give me a better understanding of how OHM law works. He walked me through the math equations and was very patient. We will be reviewing what I learned on my next lesson.

Craig, 2 lessons with Jim

Excellent tutor

He is very knowledgeable, patient and explains everything very well. He took the time to make sure that I was getting the concepts completely before moving on to the next one.

Carl, 2 lessons with Jim

A patient and committed tutor

Jim's involvement offered support for a student like me in trouble. He is an understanding tutor and has the desire to help his students in the best way he can. He was able to put me at ease and made me comfortable.

Shobitha, 1 lesson with Jim

Great Math Tutor!

Jim was very patient. He was able to pick up on clues on whenever I was unable to understand something. He went on my pace and made sure I understood what the underlining concepts. He also gave me some very good pointers to help me remember.

Gia, 3 lessons with Jim
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$30/hour

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