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Dear Students,

Hello! I recently finished my PhD in Physics (2022) from the University of Michigan, and I have been a private physics tutor for the last 15 years. I also completed my undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Michigan. As a physicist, I am trained primarily in Atomic Molecular Optics. This field encompasses classical mechanics, electrodynamics, optics/lasers, and advanced quantum mechanics. My training also included significant programming experience in C++ and Python, as they relate to high-performance (GPU accelerated) computation and computational self-assembly.

I’ve worked for many years as a tutor with the Physics Help Room at the University of Michigan. As a graduate student, I was also responsible for teaching introductory physics labs. I taught 80-100 laboratory students and 60-70 private tutoring students each year. All of my laboratory students are College age - 18-22 years old. My private tutoring students are also usually 18-22 years old, but sometimes (5%) I also teach High School physics.

My teaching experience extends primarily to introductory mechanics, electrodynamics and electrostatics, optics, and Excel-based calculations. For introductory mechanics, this includes topics like laws of motion, force balance equations, gravity, buoyancy, friction, work, linear/angular momentum, energy conservation, centripetal motion, fluid dynamics and pressure, heat and thermodynamics, optics (refraction, diverging/converging lens, Snell’s law, thin lens equation, critical angle, total internal reflection, etc.), wave mechanics like diffraction, angular resolution, acoustic interference, tension, wave speed in strings, and intensity/decibel calculations. For introductory electrodynamics, this includes topics like forces (Coulomb’s law, Lorentz force, etc,), currents, Gauss’s law, fields/potentials, radiation, Poynting vectors, magnetism/Biot-Savart law, capacitors, inductors, Lenz’s law, resistors, circuits, Kirchhoff loop rules, as well as how all of these relate to the introductory mechanics concepts. These classes also sometimes cover Maxwell’s laws and Special Relativity.


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