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Richard V.

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Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Business & STEM

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John Carroll University
University of Akron
Cleveland State University


John Carroll University (Physics)

University of Akron (MBA)

Cleveland State University (Master's)

About Richard

Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Business and Engineering, the STEM disciplines, can be difficult subjects even for advanced high school and university students alike. Why not get top-tier tutoring in your subject area as well as those you may be taking concurrently, and greatly augment your chances for educational and career success?

Your tutor is a retired college educator possessing university training in each of the disciplines of Physics (BS), Engineering (BS/MS), Mathematics (MS) and Business (MBA and Doctoral-O.R.). I am sufficiently trained to help you up through the 2nd year of graduate study in Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Business, and Operations Research.

In 1987, I was invited to the James J. Forrestal Lab (PPPL) of Princeton University to present a short talk on how to contain high energy fusion plasmas in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor. As serendipity would have it, my solution turned out to be correct, and the approach was implemented both there and in the M.I.T. Versator.

I especially enjoy working with graduate and doctoral students. If you are studying at the advanced level, and need help beyond your graduate colleagues and teaching assistants, then email me. This is serious, in-depth tutoring, for the serious student.

As an adjunct to my usual instruction, I am available for tutoring in courses that may benefit the engineering student: Materials Science, Solid State Physics, Fluid Mechanics, and Basic Control Theory (Laplace transforms). Also, if you are studying at the doctoral level in the field of Psychometrics, then I can be invaluable in helping you to understand and apply Matrix Theory in Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). Email me if you're having difficulty in any of these educational pursuits.

I am not the least expensive professional here. That's so we don't waste each others time. Choosing the path of knowledge is far better than choosing the path of non-knowledge. Or in paraphrasing the remarks of a Harvard president, "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
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Travels within 10 miles of Dublin, OH 43017
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In-person lessons

"Excellent tutor"

- Gabriel, Powell, OH on 9/27/15

"Very helpful and patient. "

- Michael, West Chester, PA on 8/16/15

"The best tutor!"

- Matt, Columbus, OH on 12/18/14

"Great tutor"

- Linda, Powell, OH on 3/13/14

"Great tutor"

- Alexander, Dublin, OH on 12/10/13

"Professor V - Great Stats Tutor"

- Patti, Columbus, OH on 12/5/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Discrete Math,
Finite Math,
Linear Algebra,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering,
Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics
Computer Science,
General Computer
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Study Skills
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
Economics, General Computer, Statistics

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I have an MBA from the University of Akron, which is rated in the top 5% of Business Schools that are also AACSB accredited. Additionally I have completed doctoral coursework in Business at Kent State University (also AACSB). My MS in Mathematics is both pure and applied with a sub-minor in Operations Research. I am on the adjunct faculty of Ohio University for teaching Operations Management courses.

Computer Science

As an Applied Mathematician and Physicist well-trained in the use of computer programming languages I've solved differential equations and forward integration problems with Runge-Kutta methods in Fortran, as well as BASIC and Pascal. I have written my own code to compute the statistical parameters of distribution functions. As deeper subject matter, I have tutored and taught Discrete Mathematics.

I am also skilled in using Excel as a resource to do Linear Programming with a few, readily available software packages. For very young students I simply show how a word problem can be solved by applying simple code to extract solutions if any should exist.

Differential Equations

Differential Equations is an intriguing subject, normally encountered in the science major's second year of training. However, some readily available methods of solution are handled by algebraic means. For example, the time-varying homogeneous LDE:Y"+bY'+kY = 0, with real constant coefficients can be solved by assuming an algebraic solution of the form Y = e^(st), and solving the operator-algebraic equation in 's'.

If the LDE is non-homogeneous, then using Green's functions, the Wronskian, or even Variation of Parameters provide elegance. Also, many of these methods can be extended to LPDEs, especially for those problems encountered in Physics and Engineering.

As a Mathematical Physicist, I have taken at least 6 Mathematics courses covering: LDEs, PDEs, NLDEs, Sturm-Liouville Theory, and boundary-value problems, as well as their application.

Discrete Math

My Pure Math courses at the University of Akron, included one graduate course (500-level) involving combinatorial graph theory, and I earned the grade of A. In my Applied Mathematics course at Cleveland State I had three courses (600-level) involving Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Markov Chains, receiving the grades of A, A and B respectively. At Kent State in my doctoral Operations Research sequence I had one (700-level) course in Finite State Markov Chains, receiving the grade of A.

While at Akron, I also developed a discrete search algorithm to solve small-scale, optimization problems. I have an ongoing interest in Number Theory, Goldbach's Conjecture, and Turing Machine applications.

Electrical Engineering

My EE experience has included basic circuit analysis. I have taken one course during my second year Physics sequence and two courses in E&M in the upper sequence involving Maxwell's Equations. Most basic circuit theory involves analysis of impressed voltages and currents on various combinations of the R-L-C circuit, whenever DC, transient, or AC responses are sought. Certainly, I can add resistors (R), capacitors (C), and inductors (L) in parallel and in series and apply both Thevenin's and Norton's theorems to reduce circuit item isolation/response.

Finite Math

Finite Math is a potpourri that involves a range of topics separate from the Calculus and its homologues such as Continuous Mathematics and Differential Equations. It covers topics which I have both taught and studied in depth, such as Matrices, Logic, Set Theory, Probability and Statistics and specializations such as Linear Programming and finite State Markov chains.

I also have completed work in Graph Theory and Combinatorics, excelling in one or more courses in each of these topics. More recently, Financial Mathematics has entered this genre and the student of Business is served well by studying the time value of money and its impact on cost and investment decisions.


I am a Mathematician and Physicist, and have been programming computers in both Applesoft BASIC and Dartmouth BASIC for years. My professional experience is in FORmula TRANslation (Fortran), where I have solved several numerical Eigenvalue problem, either by adapting parts of standard code or writing my own. Due to the power of Excel, many elementary to advanced programs can be written via this package, which in fact, I do take advantage of. I also have a great library of MAPLE programs and Statistical packages, and have used some Mathematica. However, I have minimal passing familiarity with C and C++.

Linear Algebra

I have a degree in both Physics and in Engineering as well as an MS in Pure and Applied Mathematics from Cleveland State. I have taken several courses in Linear Algebra, and three more in related Mathematical Physics courses, which content included this subject. My doctoral work at Kent State included an Operations Research course involving Probability and Markov Chain analysis.


As a degreed Master of Science student in both Pure and Applied Mathematics, my course work included proving theorems using the machinery of Symbolic Logic. This involved stating theorems with the use of Universal and Existential quantifiers, and proving or presenting them similarly. I also have completed a course in the Transition to Advanced Mathematics, from which I developed Truth Tables to determine the validity or invalidity of arguments. I completed an undergraduate course in the subject of Logic under the rubric of a Philosophy course, and am a well-read follower of S.C. Kleene, A. Church, E. Post and K. Goedel.

Study Skills

I have several University degrees in different, but related subject areas. My technique is simple: I show the student how to take notes in class and then re-write them at home in two-color ink.

For the student needing a methodology in study skills, I use same two-color note taking approach, and supply word or sentence mnemonics from which to memorize material, relating it to something familiar to the student.

In subsequent tutoring sessions, the student gets disciplined to review past notes and any supplementary material the student has added.

This 3-prong approach tends to solidify both the content presented, as well as an understanding of what is expected to be learned.


The Test of Essential Academic Skills is a pre-nursing school matriculation exam intended to screen applicants on the basis of fundamental knowledge and delivery skills. As an academician trained in the hard sciences, I have taught a number of nursing students being keenly aware of their verbal, math, and scientific skill sets.

No doctor wants his/her nursing staff to be remiss in proper calculations and dosages of medicines, nor deficient in the ability to write or verbalize a patient's initial diagnoses. A scientifically trained tutor is a resource to the aspiring nursing student. I am a retired college educator possessing university training in each of the disciplines of Physics (BS), Engineering (BS/MS), Mathematics (MS) and Business (MBA and Doctoral-O.R.).

John Carroll University
University of Akron
Cleveland State University


John Carroll University (Physics)

University of Akron (MBA)

Cleveland State University (Master's)

Excellent tutor — Richard is a very effective tutor. He has tutored, and continues to tutor my three children at various levels in math, physics, ACT and SAT test preparation. His patience and methods has been very helpful in strengthening their academic and test-taking skills. According to my children, he provides a variety of explanations and approaches that not only improves their understanding of the material, ...

— Gabriel, Powell, OH on 9/27/15

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