Robert N.

Robert N.

£18 - £20 /hr

Physics (Integrated Masters) - Birmingham University

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I'm Rob, a keen student currently in my second year at the University of Birmingham, reading for an MSci integrated masters in Physics. Studying for a year here in Birmingham has only confirmed how much I love exploring both Physics and Mathematics and I endeavour to use this passion to ensure that the school syllabus can be an interesting and rewarding thing to learn and master for my students. Further to my studies, I am also a keen guitarist, giving a creative side to me which is useful to keep my lessons relaxed and engaging. 


As only a second year student, the experience of both GCSE and A level exams still fresh in my mind and I believe that a clear and well paced explanation is very beneficial in understanding both the conceptual issues within Physics and the Mathematics that are inevitably behind them.


Hi!


I'm Rob, a keen student currently in my second year at the University of Birmingham, reading for an MSci integrated masters in Physics. Studying for a year here in Birmingham has only confirmed how much I love exploring both Physics and Mathematics and I endeavour to use this passion to ensure that the school syllabus can be an interesting and rewarding thing to learn and master for my students. Further to my studies, I am also a keen guitarist, giving a creative side to me which is useful to keep my lessons relaxed and engaging. 


As only a second year student, the experience of both GCSE and A level exams still fresh in my mind and I believe that a clear and well paced explanation is very beneficial in understanding both the conceptual issues within Physics and the Mathematics that are inevitably behind them.


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Although the primary focus of my sessions are to prepare for upcoming exams, I endeavour to use my passion and experience of university level Physics to add some context and history to the conceptual topics in Physics that need to be covered as I find this is much easier to engage with than reading an equation from a textbook.


With regards to the mathematics, I believe in the philosophy that there is no better way to get to grips with the content than through worked examples and practice questions, so this will be a key part of my online lessons.


From personal experience, I think it is best when the sessions are very much student led, meaning the main priority when meeting someone new will be to examine their exam specification and identify with them any areas that they feel require extra focus, allowing structured preparation of future lessons.

Although the primary focus of my sessions are to prepare for upcoming exams, I endeavour to use my passion and experience of university level Physics to add some context and history to the conceptual topics in Physics that need to be covered as I find this is much easier to engage with than reading an equation from a textbook.


With regards to the mathematics, I believe in the philosophy that there is no better way to get to grips with the content than through worked examples and practice questions, so this will be a key part of my online lessons.


From personal experience, I think it is best when the sessions are very much student led, meaning the main priority when meeting someone new will be to examine their exam specification and identify with them any areas that they feel require extra focus, allowing structured preparation of future lessons.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
MathsA-level (A2)A*
Further MathematicsA-level (A2)A
PhysicsA-level (A2)A

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Further MathematicsA Level£20 /hr
MathsA Level£20 /hr
PhysicsA Level£20 /hr
Further MathematicsGCSE£18 /hr
MathsGCSE£18 /hr
PhysicsGCSE£18 /hr

Questions Robert has answered

If an alpha particle (Z = 2) of kinetic energy 7 MeV is incident on a gold nucleus (Z = 79), what is its closest distance of approach?

In Rutherford Scattering, an incident particle will reach the closest distance of approach when it is on a collision course head on with the target nucleus. At the closest distance of approach, the alpha particle comes to rest, hence it no longer has any kinetic energy. Because both the alpha particle and gold nucleus are positively charge, the initial kinetic energy is transformed into electric potential energy, and due to energy conservation, these must always sum to the initial kinetic energy. We can then equate the initial kinetic energy KEα to the final potential energy PEα at the instant the alpha particle is at rest with the equation PEα = KQalphaQGold/rmin = KEα where K = 1/4πε0 , Qalpha= Zalphae, QGold = ZGolde , e = 1.6x10-19C and rmin is the closest distance of approach. Substituting these and equating gives PEα = kZalphaZGolde2/rmin = KEα. To convert KEα from MeV to Joules we must divide by e and multiply by x106 hence kZalphaZGolde2/rmin = 7x10^6e  and rearranging for rmin gives rmin = kZalphaZGolde/7x10^6 = 3.25x10-14mIn Rutherford Scattering, an incident particle will reach the closest distance of approach when it is on a collision course head on with the target nucleus. At the closest distance of approach, the alpha particle comes to rest, hence it no longer has any kinetic energy. Because both the alpha particle and gold nucleus are positively charge, the initial kinetic energy is transformed into electric potential energy, and due to energy conservation, these must always sum to the initial kinetic energy. We can then equate the initial kinetic energy KEα to the final potential energy PEα at the instant the alpha particle is at rest with the equation PEα = KQalphaQGold/rmin = KEα where K = 1/4πε0 , Qalpha= Zalphae, QGold = ZGolde , e = 1.6x10-19C and rmin is the closest distance of approach. Substituting these and equating gives PEα = kZalphaZGolde2/rmin = KEα. To convert KEα from MeV to Joules we must divide by e and multiply by x106 hence kZalphaZGolde2/rmin = 7x10^6e  and rearranging for rmin gives rmin = kZalphaZGolde/7x10^6 = 3.25x10-14m

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