Physics and Chemistry
The foundations for scientific and technological development in our modern world are very largely embodied in the disciplines of Physics and Chemistry.
A better understanding of Physical and Chemical principles is invaluable in helping us to chart through the waters of our complex environment in the 21st century.
It also helps us to "sort the wheat from the chaff" when called upon to assess information on a multitude of things relating to our everyday lives.
Doing well in Physics does require a good understanding of Maths and the confidence to apply maths in describing the inner workings of physical phenomena. Alan's tutoring is designed to help students to develop their confidence in taking seemingly abstract mathematical ideas and making them work for them to solve problems in physics. That was his "business" in his career as a leading research scientist. Alan's background enables him to help students to make the connections between abstraction and reality with tangible and illustrative examples.
Physics is said to hold the "secrets of the Universe". Chemistry is said to be the "central science" because its main branches (theoretical, physical, inorganic, organic and biological) span across the range from mathematics to biology. Through his research and consulting work during his scientific career, Alan has had first-hand experience over this wide range of disciplines.
Alan's wide experience as an internationally renowned research scientist means that he can show students the connectivity that makes Physics and Chemistry such useful subjects and such important ones in our technological world. Many students are daunted by the concepts that are introduced early in Year 11 because they appear to be so disconnected from the world as they know it. Alan can give them a much deeper insight into physical and chemical principles through his own deep understanding of physics and chemistry at the cutting edge of international research.
Quantum Computing - cutting edge research in physics and chemistry may lead to unprecedented advances in computational power
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