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University of Colorado at Boulder
Chemistry
Stanford University
PhD

Education

University of Colorado at Boulder (Chemistry)

Stanford University (PhD)

About Gerald

I am a PhD Physical Chemist with 17 years industrial experience followed by 11 years running my own technology development company. I taught intro chemistry at ETSU, and have done a number of other things to make ends meet, in this most challenging of economies. I have worked with plastics, fibers and textiles, biodiesel, algae and other green technology stuff in an effort to help our planet.

I raised two adopted boys (one with ADHD) One became an eagle scout and got his BA in Business. I have tutored "the science of music" in Science Olympiads, and twice helped my team to state championships. Another girl I helped with a science fair project and she went to the top slot available regionally, and she's now working at CERN in Switzerland.

I do a lot of different things to both make money and make a difference to the Earth's future at the same time. Tutoring is the most fun.

I always want to understand underlying principles of how the world works, and ask the question why. As a kid I thought math was just a game until I learned you could use it to describe the world better. I'm good at explaining what the purpose of an operation is, how it works, and what it means and avoid teaching by rote or recipes.

If you just "don't get it" and need it explained, need to be inspired as to why do this thing in the first place - in any field of science and math - then I'm the Doctor for you.
I am a PhD Physical Chemist with 17 years industrial experience followed by 11 years running my own technology development company. I taught intro chemistry at ETSU, and have done a number of other things to make ends meet, in this most challenging of economies. I have worked with plastics, fibers and textiles, biodiesel, algae and other green Read more

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Travels within 15 miles of Jonesborough, TN 37659
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Elementary Education:
Elementary Science

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Algebra 1

I have a PhD in Physical Chemistry and use algebra in all aspects of my work.

Algebra 2

I have a PhD in Physical Chemistry. I use algebra in all aspects of my work. I find it fun and easy to explain.

Calculus

Calculus is the backbone of modern science. Whether it is about where the canon ball goes, or how fast the body can react to an infection, you need calculus. It is all about rates of change and accumulation of effects. It opens the TIME dimension to our understanding of the world. Without calculus, we are frozen in time. My advanced studies let me see another layer of the world, which I hope to share with you.

Chemistry

I have a PhD in Physical Chemistry, and have taught at ETSU.

Elementary Science

I have an PhD in Physical Chemistry and am a generalist, so understand basic science. I have tutored in the Science Olypiad.

Geometry

Math is just a game until you use it to describe the world. In geometry, it's not just about shapes and cute formulas, it's about knowing WHAT it is you know, and how you know it. Geometry gives you discipline in logical thinking. I hope you'll let me help you understand how your brain works better through geometry. I was so enchanted with this, I even took non-euclidean geometry, where we studied what would happen to the rules in strange alien places. I would love to share this insight with you.

Organic Chemistry

My BA is in Chemistry. My PhD is in Physical Chemistry. Organic Chemistry was required at both levels of study.

Physical Science

I have a PhD in Physical Chemistry.

Physics

I have a PhD in Physical Chemistry and am well versed in Physics, having been a TA for Quantum Mechanics at the graduate level.

Prealgebra

I grew up thinking that math was a game, fun but useless. My career in Chemistry came about when I realized there was something you can DO with math. I want to help others realize the whys and wherefores of these arcane operations. I am definitely qualified as I went all the way to a PhD in science.

Precalculus

I have a PhD in Physical Chemistry and use precalculus/calculus in much of my work.

Trigonometry

Math is so useful in understanding the world. Trig transforms the world from a place of rigid right angles and corners to a world of spinning currents and circles. So much of the world opens up to you when you can wrap yourself around circles and angles. I like to open up people's worlds this way.

University of Colorado at Boulder
Chemistry
Stanford University
PhD

Education

University of Colorado at Boulder (Chemistry)

Stanford University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Travel policy

Gerald will travel within 15 miles of Jonesborough, TN 37659.