University of Missouri (Civil Engineering)
Purdue (Graduate Coursework)
I have spent many years in the field of mechanical engineering specifically with mechanical equipment applications in process plants such as refineries, LNG plants, petrochemical plants, and air separation plants. Typically this work involved rotating machinery, pressure vessels, and heat transfer equipment. My strengths are in the fields of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and vibration analysis, I am also able to help students with higher level mathematics and some physics applications. I am skilled at using the computer to solve difficult differential equations.
I have little formal teaching experience at this point, but I enjoy helping others learn, so I feel that I can be of real assistance to prospective students. I have a broad background in engineering subjects. I am patient and kind in my approach to tutoring, with the goal of helping the student feel at ease in an atmosphere where he or she can gain confidence in his or her ability to attack problems and systematically apply basic principles in analyzing those problems. I want each student to be able improve his or her abilities in a challenging but helpful and effective situation. It is very important for each student to gain a mental concept of the problem rather than using a "cook-book" approach.
In preparation for this work, I have p tests in the areas of pre-algebra, Algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and physics. I welcome you to contact me in hopes that we can work together in advancing your abilities and expanding your knowledge base. I gain great personal satisfaction in seeing students master topics which they may have previously found very challenging. I am now retired, so I have reasonable flexibility to schedule tutoring sessions. I look forward to meeting and working with many of you. I have spent many years in the field of mechanical engineering specifically with mechanical equipment applications in process plants such as refineries, LNG plants, petrochemical plants, and air separation plants. Typically this work involved rotating machinery, pressure vessels, and heat transfer equipment. My strengths are in the fields of
I have taken math courses through Advanced Calculus.
I have taken math through advanced calculus.
Qualifications: Eight hours of chemistry at university level. Perfect score on WyzAnt test. Many years in the process industry working on refineries and process plants.
I have taken math courses through advanced calculus.
I have taken a college course in descriptive geometry.
I am skilled at using vector algebra to determine geometrical relationships between shapes and vectors.
I have taken a graduate level course in mechanical vibrations. Linear algebra is one means used to calculate eigenvalues and eigenvectors of vibrating masses for which the geometry, mass, stiffness, and damping characteristics are known. I have successfully applied linear algebra to a vertical, four-stage firewater pump driven by a six-cylinder Diesel engine through a right angle gear in an attempt to determine the critical speeds of the engine/pump system which had thirteen degrees of freedom. The pump shafts were breaking in torsional shear on a regular basis. Two of the natural frequencies calculated by my mathematical model matched two frequencies measured in the field on the actual apparatus.
My educational background and work history qualify me to tutor in the field of mechanical engineering. I have taken the following graduate courses in mechanical engineering: general heat transfer, convective heat transfer, fluid mechanics, mechanical vibration, and thermodynamics.
I have used these courses in my professional work, and have tutored younger engineers in several of them. I have also taken a course in advanced calculus and a course in control system theory.
My professional career involved applications of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and mechanical vibration to the specification and selection of large pumps and compressors and their drivers over many years. Some of these applications included compressor trains of 100 Megawatts (MW). Some of the units were modularized and weighed more than 500 metric tonnes.
I have used my courses in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics in applications of fired heaters, shell-and-tube heat exchangers, air-cooled heat exchangers, refrigeration packages, and cooling towers and related equipment used in inlet air humidification systems for gas turbines.
I have also been responsible for vacuum jet ejectors, deaerators, desalters and desalination units for process plants and refineries. These items required a knowledge of mechanics of materials, metallurgy, and structural analysis which I obtained with my undergraduate degree.
I have taken three courses in fluid mechanics, one of which was at the graduate level. I have used these courses over many years in my professional career.
I have taken two courses in thermodynamics, one of which was at the graduate level. I have used these courses over many years in my professional career.
I have taken two courses in heat transfer, both at the graduate level. I have used these courses over many years in my professional career.
I have taken one course in mechanical vibrations at the graduate level. I used this course extensively in my professional career.
I have taken one course in electric circuit theory.
All of these courses can be considered as specialty areas in the field of physics.
Mathematics courses through advanced calculus and differential equations.
I have taken college math courses in algebra, trigonometry, calculus, advanced calculus, and differential equations. I am qualified by Wyzant to tutor in all math through calculus. I look forward to making a tutoring experience fun and effective.