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Peter D.

Lawton, OK

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Physics/Math/Programming:C/C++/Java:Unix/Linux/Scripting:Physics PhD

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Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (B.S. Honors)
Mathematics
Washington University in St. Louis (Physics)
Master's
Washington University in St. Louis (Physics)
PhD

Education

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (B.S. Honors) (Mathematics)

Washington University in St. Louis (Physics) (Master's)

Washington University in St. Louis (Physics) (PhD)

About Peter

I have a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Physics. I had a postdoctoral fellowship in Physics in Germany. I was two classes away from completing an M.Ed. in Secondary Education/Mathematics, but I did not.

I have about 4 years of part-time tutoring experience in St. Louis, MO for a private company and in Edwardsville, IL for SIUE. With WyzAnt, I have tutored, during the past year, college physics, astronomy, physical science, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability, pre-algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, Java, C, C++, FORTRAN, Unix/Linux systems programming, ACT prep, and Win32 shell scripting.

I have recently taught statistics, physical science, and college physics as an adjunct at local colleges/universities over the past 1.5 years. I will be an adjunct instructor for CTC in March. About 5 years as a teaching assistant or teaching fellow in physics during graduate school has been helpful, and I also taught college physics in St. Louis for one semester. I have taught several students C++ programming on the job.

I am very well practiced in patience and a perfectly positive attitude toward my students. I strive to not judge others. As a student, I became one of the best at writing clear solutions to simple or difficult problems. Teaching and tutoring have helped me to verbally do the same.

I worked in industry for 6 years as a programmer/software engineer. I have programmed for 12 years in my scientific research at Wash U School of Medicine in St. Louis, where I became an expert in Heart Rate Variability. During my dissertation and postdoc, I also programmed a great deal. I was a part-time Unix system administrator for 8 years. The programming languages C, C++, FORTRAN, and Java; the operating systems Unix, Linux, and Windows; and the shell scripting languages DOS, bash, csh, and sh are my specialties.

In addition to math and physics, I will tutor C, C++, FORTRAN, Java, Unix, Linux, and shell scripting (bash, csh, sh). I can teach beginning to expert levels in all programming languages, scripting languages, and OS's just mentioned, except for Java. Currently, I can help beginning and intermediate level Java students. I am currently not up-to-date with GUI programming.

Technical subjects are learned best through practice by problem solving, and, in particular, programming languages through programming. Concepts will be explained clearly if there is a need. Otherwise, practice is emphasized. Active learning is best in any subject. Teaching strategy in test taking is beneficial to many students.

I want to help students learn problematic material. Beating fear of success in technical subjects is best achieved through sustained small successes.
I have a B.S. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Physics. I had a postdoctoral fellowship in Physics in Germany. I was two classes away from completing an M.Ed. in Secondary Education/Mathematics, but I did Read more

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Travels within 40 miles of Lawton, OK 73505
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"Excellent!"

- Mike, Opa Locka, FL on 7/6/15

"Great at Explaining!"

- Darius, Cupertino, CA on 1/7/17

"Extremely Dedicated Java Tutor"

- Patricia, Alpharetta, GA on 10/5/16

"Very knowledgeable"

- Beckie, Bartlesville, OK on 11/2/15

"Extremely knowledgeable and patient..."

- Lori, Suffolk, VA on 7/1/15

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Matt, Lawton, OK on 6/23/15

"Knowledgeable, patient, and proactive tutor!"

- Fabio, Alexandria, VA on 6/16/15

"Knowledgeable C++ tutor"

- Blair, Wayne, NJ on 6/13/15
Science:
Astronomy, Geology, Physical Science,
Physics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ASVAB, GED,
GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
German
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking

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Algebra 1

I have worked professionally in careers that utilize algebra, and the majority of the courses I have taken at the university utilized algebra. My total life experience with algebra is more than 35 years. I have also taken advanced math courses in linear algebra and abstract algebra.

Algebra 2

I have worked professionally in careers that utilize algebra, and the majority of the courses I have taken at the university utilized algebra. My total life experience with algebra is more than 35 years. I have also taken advanced math courses in linear algebra and abstract algebra.

C

I have 6.6 years at 40 hours/week of professional experience in C programming. Most of my experience was in academia, and the remainder of my experience was in industry. My last date of professional C programming was 2014 (C++ programming includes C programming).

C++

I have 3 years of C++ professional experience at 40 hours/week. About half of my experience was in academia, and the remainder in industry. My most recent professional use of C++ was in July, 2014.

Calculus

I have utilized calculus in my more advanced math and physics classes, in my physics research during my dissertation and postdoc, and sometimes afterwards in my heart math research and software engineering work.

I have assisted in teaching about 4 years of first-year physics using calculus too.

I am still capable of solving problems with advanced calculus without having to study.

Computer Programming

At 40 hours/week, my cumulative programming experience is about 16 years, counting my dissertation and postdoc programming. I can program in the following languages: C, C++, FORTRAN, GTK+2.0, bash, csh, sh, MATLAB, Java, and Java Swing. I have utilized the IDEs: MS Visual Studio, Netbeans, and Eclipse. I can also write scripts in sh, ksh, csh, and bash for Linux or Unix. I have also written DOS scripts.

Computer Science

I have worked as a programmer for about 13 years and a software engineer for about 5 years. Additionally and simultaneously, I was a part-time Unix system administrator for eight years while I was a programmer.
I have essentially studied the entire curriculum for computer science and utilized much of it on the job.

Cooking

I can cook anything that I like, and I often make up my own recipes. Most of my original favorites are very good, in my and my wife's opinion. I know how to cook dinners with many dishes, breakfast, lunch, and only a few desserts. I can cook hundreds of dishes without a recipe. From many years as a bachelor, I also know how to cook fast, easy, and good bachelor meals.

DOS

I have utilized DOS back when computers did not have windows and DOS was the operating system. I have learned how to write DOS executable batch files to automate the running of programs, some of which were part of a computer consulting job. Much more recently, I have written DOS executable batch files for network security purposes in Window XP, on the job. The DOS command shell in even Windows 8.1 is used to obtain network information about any PC or laptop. I needed this recently. It is still possible to write DOS executable batch files with the latest windows operating systems.

Fortran

I have five years of FORTRAN professional programming experience measured at a rate of 40 hours/week. Most of my experience was during my PhD dissertation and postdoctoral fellowship in physics. I also have industry experience using FORTRAN. My last date of use in industry was 2009.

GED

I have lived and worked in Germany for almost 2 years, and I married a German woman that I met there. My wife speaks German to me most of the time for the past 20 years, and we regularly watch Tatort, a German Krimi, on YouTube. I can only really understand high German, although I lived where Swabish was spoken.

General Computer

I can program in 6 languages and 3 scripting languages, and I have utilized 3 IDEs. I have also written DOS scripts. For eight years, I was a part-time system administrator for Solaris 6, 7, and 8, and I also took care of X86 boxes with Win98, Win2000, and WinXP. Overall, I have been a programmer, software engineer, or system administrator for more than 18 years.

Geometry

I was very good at geometry proofs back in high school. I have utilized geometry in many of the physics courses I have taken - especially in undergraduate physics courses. I am a much better mathematician that I was in high school since I obtained a bachelor's degree in mathematics, and I have taken very many physics courses in advanced math and physics. In St. Louis, I tutored geometry with a client for an entire semester.

German

I have lived and worked in Germany for almost 2 years, and I married a German woman that I met there. My wife speaks German to me most of the time for the past 20 years, and we regularly watch Tatort, a German Krimi, on YouTube. I can only really understand high German, although I lived where Swabish was spoken.

Java

At 40 hours/week, my cumulative programming experience is about 16 years, counting my dissertation and postdoc programming. All of my Java experience was professional. I learned Java while I was a software engineer. Later I helped to maintain a large code base of Java and Java Swing for a very technical apparatus.

Linear Algebra

I first took matrix algebra and graduate-level linear algebra when I was a sophomore math major. I have continued to use the concepts of linear algebra in quantum mechanics in physics. My PhD and postdoctoral fellowship were in an area that utilized Quantum Mechanics intensely. In 1995 or 1996, I took linear algebra for one semester again, almost 20 years after the first time. I still know and understand linear algebra.

Linux

My last programming position in industry (2013-2014) involved programming in C++ in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux environment. I have been a Unix user since 1986, except for several years, and Linux and Unix are essentially the same in many ways for both a user and a system administrator. I have been a Linux system administrator part-time in academia for about five years.

Microsoft Excel

I have used MS Excel since about 2000. Because of my extensive computer experience in programming and system administration, I can do what I want with Excel. I also have a statistical background.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I first used MS PowerPoint in 2000. After teaching last semester, I have become very proficient with this software. My extensive computer experience has also increased my proficiency.

Microsoft Windows

I began with Windows 3.1, and I have used almost every version on MS Windows since then. I was a part-time administrator for Windows 95, 98, 2000-Pro, and XP-Pro for about 8 years. I have not worked with windows servers, though. I currently own WIndows, vista, 7, and 8, and I have worked professionally with 7-Pro and XP-Pro in industry, as a user. I have also written a very sophisticated graphical user interface using MS Visual Studio/MFC/C++ for a windows computer.

Microsoft Word

I have used MS Word since about 2000. Teaching recently has improved my skill with Word. In addition, I just completed a complete tutorial on Word 2013.

Physical Science

I recently taught physical science at Cameron U in Lawton, OK. Years ago, I was a teaching fellow for problem solving in a physical science course at Wash U in St. Louis, MO.

Physics

I have a Ph.D. in physics, and I have done a postdoctoral fellowship in physics in Germany. College physics and physical science are two classes I have taught at the college level, and I have been a teaching assistant or teaching fellow for about 4 years for university physics or higher. Recently I have tutored students in college physics.

Prealgebra

I am very patient and capable of making this subject as simple as possible. Some of my physical science students have need significant help in prealgebra. I have primarily taught this level of math to adults.

Precalculus

I still know Precalculus after studying it 40 years ago. I have taken many classes that have utilized precalculus in math and physics, and I have used precalculus on the job in both industry and academia.

Probability

Probability is a very useful subject in many advanced fields of math, physics, and engineering. I tutored probability regularly to students at my undergraduate institution. I have utilized probability in medical research and advanced physics classes such as quantum mechanics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, and nuclear magnetic resonance.

Statistics

I have done statistics in a formal medical research setting at Wash U Med School in St. Louis. Statistics was not my regular job, since I was a scientist there. I used SAS, SPSS, and stata there also. I programmed in C statistical algorithms such as the Cox and logistic regressions. I am up-to-date in this subject, currently tutoring students.

Trigonometry

I have utilized trigonometry in many university level math and physics courses, and even in professional programming. I like trigonometry a great deal. It is a very useful subject for many advanced applied math, science, and engineering subjects.

UNIX

I have been a Unix user for more than 25 years. I was a part-time Unix system administrator for eight years. I have programmed primarily in a Unix environment (more than 18 years). I am very good at programming shell scripts in Unix, and the last time I did this professionally was in 2014.

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (B.S. Honors)
Mathematics
Washington University in St. Louis (Physics)
Master's
Washington University in St. Louis (Physics)
PhD

Education

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (B.S. Honors) (Mathematics)

Washington University in St. Louis (Physics) (Master's)

Washington University in St. Louis (Physics) (PhD)

Excellent! — Very knowledgeable. Excellent service. Very professional. I would recommend Peter to anyone who wants a very smart and knowledgeable tutor. Thank you Peter. ...

— Mike, Opa Locka, FL on 7/6/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $26.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 40 miles of Lawton, OK 73505.