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This study guide introduces vectors and vector addition. We use lots of large diagrams and grids to help the students visualize the vector concept. The study guide is carefully scaffolded to help students gain a solid master of the topic. We show
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Vector Magnitude was once a difficult topics for my students, so I spent a lot of time developing a very simple introduction that would give them the comprehension they needed to succeed. Now it's one of the easiest topics in my physics
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This worksheet covers the basics of imaginary and complex numbers, showing the Like all my worksheets, it alternates between a short explanation of an idea with an example and a few problems to work through to try the idea out. I've used this
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The first in a sequence of motion worksheets. Lots of clear "Milk Truck" diagrams to work off of. Great for applications of linear equations, much better than most word problems. Combines an analytical and conceptual approach to teach constant
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These are some simple but very useful fraction diagrams. Update: Now in red, green, blue, amber, cyan, orange and yellow and organized by denominator. Another Update: Now includes division diagrams. If you like my massive sets of diagrams and
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We use freeze frame diagrams of milk trucks and rocket cars to give an introduction to the concept of constant acceleration. An emphasis is placed on using simple number patterns rather than plug-and-chug calculations.
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A set of 5 study guides, covering the topics Study Guide 1, Constant Motion Study Guide 2, Vectors and Vector Addition Study Guide 3, Acceleration Study Guide 4, Motion in Two Dimensions Study Guide 5, The Four Common Forces Review Questions 1 ,
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Many students have a sort of "post traumatic math stress disorder" when it comes to fractions. Here, we use simple pizza fraction diagrams to give the students a visual representation of fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions.
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A conceptual introduction to forces as the causes and changes in motion as the effects. Some simple computations at the end. LibreOffice file embedded for easy editing.
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We use simple number patterns in lists of numbers set the stage for simple functions and recurrence relations.
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This worksheet goes over significant digits, rounding to significance and scientific notation. The LibreOffice file is embedded for easy editing.
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I've experimented with an introduction to logs for years now. This is the first one that didn't melt the brains of my students recovering from post-traumatic-math-stress-syndrome. This is the first part of a very, very gentle introduction to logs.
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Most students are pretty vague about the cosine and sine curve. To help with this, I introduce the cosine and sine curves using vector components and then use those curves to find vector components. This places an emphasis on how cosine and sine
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These puzzle sheets are a great transition to using variables to represent numbers. They combine logical reasoning, introductory algebra and mathematical reasoning into nice little challenges. We have puzzles that start like A+A=B and A*A=B, so
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First in a series of worksheets on exponents. A nice and easy introduction to exponents using number pattern reasoning. The worksheets starts with geometric series and builds to simple exponential equations. Negative exponents become an epiphany
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A massive set of diagrams which represent complex numbers as vectors on the complex plane. Diagrams with circle to give an aid to magnitude are included.
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These diagrams are useful for introducing Newton's Second Law. We have a massive set of almost every possible variation of the diagram.
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A huge set of Physics diagrams for Atwood's Machine and Modified Atwood's Machine. Over 450 images. Images are sorted by acceleration for easy access.
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Clip art for introducing polar vectors. Sets include increments of 30 degrees and 45 degrees. Also included are 37 degrees/53 degrees for the 3-4-5 triangle reference.
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Diagrams symmetries include left-right, up-down, diagonal and pinwheel. Good for common core standard, Math, 4th Grade, Lines of Symmetry, CCSS.Math.Content.4.G.A.3. These are useful for weighted average activities where the students find the
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I've taught college algebra, physics and statistics for 15 years as a professor.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My Teaching Philosophy “For every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” -Mary Poppins -As I work on my classes, different themes come and go. Different ideas of how to present the material become noticed, assumed, forgotten and then noticed again. Here are some of the ideas I’ve noticed recently. (In no particular order.) -Make it fun: Make certain that you do something interesting with the material. -Bridging the Gap: To teach effectively, you must understand the material, the students and how to bring the two together. -My Golden Rule of Teaching: Teach the sort of class that you would have learned from and enjoyed when you were a student. -Alien Brain: We can assume that someone who teaches physics is at least a little weird. Do not assume that an approach to a problem that works for you in your crazy alien brain will necessarily work for the students. -Challenge the Students: Make things as clear as possible, but don’t be afraid to present material that will not be immediately obvious to some of the students. If some of the students aren’t a little confused some of the time, then the material isn’t ambitious enough. -Challenge Yourself: Don’t be afraid to try out a new explanation on a group of students. You should be in prototyping mode as much as you can: trying things out and making refinements. If new explanations don’t fail some of the time, then you aren’t being ambitious enough in your search. -Avoid traditional lecture style: With the exception of the true auditory learner (usually only about 1 student out of 100) not many students thrive with the traditional lecture style. The students take notes at a furious pace with no chance to reflect and often can’t read or understand those notes when they refer to them later. Instead give them a small idea, let them try it out and get comfortable, build and repeat the process. -Epiphanies: Set up situations where the student will have to have a small epiphany to solve the problem. They will enjoy the moment.

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Most Likely to Tutor an Innocent Bystander, California State University, Fresno, Physics Graduation. Super Hero of the Quarter, ITT Technical Institute, Clovis.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Bachelors and Masters in Physics from California State University, Fresno. I also have 3 years of post-masters work at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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I'm a 2 meter tall physicist who spends most of his days teaching math, playing with my middle ones and little ones, and playing Starcraft II with my wife (she's much better than me).

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