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Shining light of calculus explains Natures darkest mysteries

Sydney tutor in Calculus, Engineering, GAMSAT, Maths, Physics, HSC Mathematics all levels, HSC Mathematics all levels

We travel to these locations
Epping Castle Hill Carlingford Eastwood Cherrybrook Winston Hills The Ponds Dural Kellyville

One to one tuition in the comfort and convenience of students home at $ 60 / hour.
During first lesson I ask questions and assess quality of answers and time taken to answer questions.

Show how to correctly answer questions from high school teacher or other sources eg textbooks.

Explain fundamental concepts in detail and using examples show how fundamental concepts are used to answer specific questions from school or tuition.Emphasise the importance of showing all steps legibly and in logical clear order.

Set homework based only on topics and examples discussed during tuition

Find out date of next exam and topics and prepare appropriately by focusing tuition on future examinable topics as outlined in exam notification sheet.

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Parents and students

One to one tuition is conveniently held at students own home at a mutually agreed time and day (weekends and weekdays are available)so parents avoid spending the time and hassle of driving and delivering student to and from tuition held at coaching centre...often after hard day at work.

For year 7 - 12 students fee based on $60/ hour at students home or public library
The first lesson only is discounted to half the above rates....($30/hour ) ..but this is only if you mention this
this site.

Advance payments not required.

No contracts to sign and therefore parents not locked into paying for unsatisfactory tuition for months in advance

Students should prepare a list of questions and concepts causing difficulty to be discussed during
tuition...this will enable me to determine the students academic level and plan an appropriate program of learning.

Tuition is more effective in terms of learning and obtaining maximium improvement at minimum cost if done on a one to one basis rather then tutoring several students of differing abilities and different ages and school years at same time in a group.Student does not have to wait for question to be answered.

One and half hours tuition for a group of three students at a time implies that each student receives approximately 30 minutes of one to one tuition .This is in general insufficient to cover background and understand the scope and depth of various topics.My group size consists of one student only...this has obvious advantages.

My tuition is personal as possible as there is only one person in the group and the style of tuition is tailored to suit the learning style of the student ,to explain how to obtain correct answer to school and exam problems and other relevent questions.

As there are no other students present , the student need not feel embarassed asking questions. By the way if a students asks many questions there is no increase in fees...if a students asks very few questions there is no decrease in fees. Students often feel inhibited and embarassed about asking my view the only bad question is the
one which is not asked.

My emphasis is to explain the fundamental concepts in mathematics and physics in simple terms and ideas and whenever reasonably possible use existing fundamental laws to deduce more laws equations and rules.When students understand they begin to learn and enjoy the subject. It is difficult if not impossible to enjoy a subject which is only partially understood.It is more interesting and challenging to derive an equation rather then receive it without background explanation and derivations.

I have also prepared some Mathematics / Physics experiments and there is excellent agreement between measured and predicted value.

Experiments in Mathematics help students bridge the gap between theory and practise and better able to understand the more abstract theories eg Simpsons rule...integration and Simpsons and Trapezoidal rule to find area...Newtons law of cooling...maximum and minimum turning points.

For physics the following experiments are available:
potential and kinetic energy...parabolic motion...period of normal pendulum and conical pendulum.measurement of earths gravity...conservation of momentum for elastic and inelastic experiments
. ..Galileos experiment. to calculate
radius and mass of earth using three simple measurements and Newtons Law of Universal Gravitation, Lenzs Law . A good quality accurate experiment is a very effective learning tool and a means to better understand fundamental concepts.

Please note that Year 11 students will follow the new revised Physics syllabus starting this year (2018)
which is far more difficult and of higher standard then the previous syllabus. It is far more appropriate in terms of scope depth and choice of subject matter.for students wishing to study Engineering/ Science at University. .

Homework is given at the end of each tuition session and is based on what has been taught in tuition and at school.
All steps needed to find solution should be written legibly in clear logical order.
Students should study written examples and explanations given in tuition before attempting homework which should be attempted as soon as possible after tuiition This should preferably be completed no later then 4 days after tuition ( while concepts taught in tuition are still fresh in the mind of student)
Students should not spend too much time correcting a solution if the answer is wrong as this can be frustrating and demoralizing The attempted incorrect solution should not be rubbed out.. It is better to let me find the source of error which in many cases is a very simple mistake.

All homework should be written into an A4 sized notebooks . These must be kept as a record of topics covered and the
scope and depth of coverage.A summary book will be developed by the student which will incude formulas examples and an index of topics.
A seprate smaller note book containing index and summary of topics as written by student immeditely after successfully answering homework questions.These contain formula and examples and a list of common mistakes to avoid.It also contains a section of common mistakes to be avoided.

My experience is based on 20 years tuition in following subjects:

Mathematics Years 7-10 all levels

2U General Advanced Years 11-12
2U Advanced Years 11-12

Mathematics ( Ext 1 and Ext 2 ) Years 11-12

Engineering Studies Years 11-12

Physics 2 U Years 11-12

International Baccalaureate Years 11-12 Mathematics (All levels)

International Baccalaureate Years 11- 12 Physics

Gamsat Physics

UMAT Physics

Ten years teaching High School Mathematics (all levels)

Science Years 7-10

Physics (years 11-12) in High School.

Marking of HSC Physics examinations.


The following questions are both unusual
and more difficult then those found in a
normal textbook.

1) How to find the value of e from first principles

Must first understand the concept of e

given that f(x)= B ( power x)

Does there exist a value of B such that

df/dx = B (power x)

(Unchanged by differentiation) and if so find its value

Using the fundamental definition of differentiation

(f(x+h) - f(x))/h= ( B (power (x+h)) - B (power x))/h

B (power x)= B(power x)(B (power h) -1)/h

1 =( B(power h ) -1) / h

h + 1 = B (power h)

Log (h+1) = h Log B (must use base 10 ..why)

B = 10 power(Log(h+1)/h )

Let h equal a very small number eg 0.000001

B = 10 (power( (Log 1.000001)/0.000001)

B = 10 power 0.4329

B= 2.718 (approximately value of e)

I would appreciate any feedback on this derivation...whether you agree or disagree

2) prove that there is only one value of e ( using calculus)

3) given length of each side of a scalene triangle find its area
( without using Herrons formula or trigonometry)

4) Generate Pythagorean triads
These are whole numbers a,b, c such that
axa +bxb= cxc

5×5 + 12×12 = 13× 13

5) prove that

a (to the power of zero) equals 1

You may use the rule

a (power m) x a(power n) = a(power m+ n)

6) a rectangular prism has 3 faces of area 7 , 8 and 9 square metres
What is its volume and length of each side
What is the length of each diagnol for each
face of the prism

7) a star has a radius of 42673 4896875 metre

If its radius increases by 3.5metre what is its change
in circmference and surface area.

8) how to balance complex chemical equations using simple algebra ( no guesswork)

How could you show that a given chemical
equation cannot be balanced.
9) show that a (to the power of zero) = 1

10) at the end of 6 months the price of a house
Increases by 10%
In another 6 months the price decreases by 10%
How much has the price increased over one year?

11) using a pencil,compass, straight edge only show how to divide a straight line
into any numer of equal lengths 3 ,5,6 , 11 equal lengths

12) using a compass ,straight edge , pencil only show how to construct angles of
60, 45, 90, 30, 15,75 ,150, degrees

13) using a compass ruler pencil construct an exact length of ( square root of 34 ) cm

14)using a compass ,ruler ,sharp pencil construct an area
of ( square root of 35) square centimetres.

15) given a rectangle sand compass pencil straight edge only show how to divide it into 7 smaller equal area rectangles

16) given a triangle ABC ,compass ,sharp pencil, straight edge show how to divide any triangle ABC into
a triangle having

One fifth of area of ABC

One eleventh area of ABC

17) develop the formula for the area of the trapezium given that the lengths of the parallel sides are a and b
and h is the perpendicular distance between the parallel sides.

18) show that the sum of the two lengths of any triangle is larger then third side

19) consider a triangle
AB= 4m-10

Find the value of
(sinA) ÷ ( sinB)

Find value of all internal angles

20) Assuming the sum of positive numbers is positive
and the product of positive numbers is positive
prove that

a) the product of a positive and negative number is

b) the product of two negative numbers is positive

21) Without using calculator find which is larger

( square root of 7) + (square root of 5)


(Square root of 2) + ( square root of 10)

22) a triangle has side lengths

m×m + 1

m×m +7

3m + 1

Find the minimum value of m and minimum
area of triangle.

23) The Chefs Problem

Recipe is as follows
( Do not actually use this recipe...the result will
almost certainly be an inedible disaster)

43 grams sugar
53 grams oil
51 grams flour
32 grams eggs
36 grams water

Find the following

a) mass of sugar to to total mass of ingredients

b) mass of water to total mass of ingredients

In response to customer demand the chef decreases the total mass of this " cullinary masterpiece"
by reducing the mass of each ingredient by 20 grams

Find the answer to (a) and (b)

c) What do you notice?
d) Why?

Increase the mass of each ingredient by the same amount.
Answer (a) (b) (c) (d)

Drecrease the amount of each ingredient by the same amount...but there must always be 5 ingredients.
Answer (a) (b) (c) (d)

Multiply or divide each ingredient by the same
positive integer or mixed numeral.
Answer (a) (b) (c) (d)

23) Factorise

4 x(a to power 4)+ 81×(c to power 4)

24) consider a straight line AB of length m

Using compass, straight edge , sharp pencil
show how to locate a point C on AB such that

(AB) ÷ (AC) = any mixed numeral (2 + 1÷ 3)

25) consider the integers 1, 2, 3....100
What is the sum of the even numbers minus the
sum of the odd numbers?

26) the chocolate problem
Conider a rectangular box containing one layer of circular discs of chocolate of identical diameter and
thickness.The diameter does not necessarily equal to the thickness.Thickness of each disc is constant
irrespective of diameter.

The discs touch each other or the sides of the box.
The discs are packed so that they connot move with respect to each other or sides of box.

Which contains more chocolate

a box containing a large number of small diameter discs


a box containing a small number of large diameter discs



Is there a maximum amount of chocolate ?

Give reasons for your answer.

27) which is larger

99 to power 84

84 to power 99

Do not use logs or calculator
Give reasons

Consider a triangle whose sides are of length

4c + 5



What are the allowable values of c

29) consider a mass m rotating at radius r about
a mass M

a) what is the speed of m relative to M

b) what is the speed of M relative to m

c) according to a clock on m the time taken to
boil an egg is t minutes

What is the time taken for this event as measured
by a clock on M ?

d) according to a clock on M the time taken to
eat an egg on M is j minutes

According to a clock on m what is time taken to eat
this egg?

If the true shape of m and M is spherical what is the shape of M as seen by an observer on m?

30) explain the following dillema

Cathode rays are beams of electrons
Cathode rays are blue red green etc in colour
Therefore electrons are blue red green etc in colour

Do cathode rays travell only in straight lines?
Give reasons for your answers.

Why does it appear that light in a cathode ray tube is deflected by an electric / magnetic field?
What is happening?

Why does it appear that light causes a paddle wheel inside a cathode ray to rotate?

If a cathode ray has absolutely no gas presemt
and a high voltage is applied what would you expect
to see?Why?

What is the definition and characteristics of cathode rays?

If a high voltage difference is applied to a gas why does ionisation of gas occur.?Why is emr emitted.

If a high voltage is applied across a gas in a cathode
ray tube and visible light is not observed what conclusions can be drawn?

31) Prove that in general that it is incorrect to say

Square root of ( a xa - bxb) = a - b

Square root of ( axa + bxb) = a+b

Under what conditions are above statement true?

32) Prove that Lenzs law must be true by considering a frictionless horizontal surface,permanent magnet, light globe,a metal coil fixed in place but joined at both ends allowing current to flow..

33) Consider two different investments A and B

In A the principle is invested on the 1/2/18... the interest rate is 5% pa compounded annually.

In B the principle is invested on the same day 1/2/18...the interest rate is 10% pa compounded annually.

The Principle in A Is 3 times the principle in B.

a) A fter how many years is the worth of each investment the same in value?

b) After how many years is the interest earned on each investment the same value?

34)consider thefollowing

7 ÷ (2× square root of 5 - 4×square root of 3 + 3 × square root of 6)

Rationalise the denominator.
Check your answer using calculator.

35) is it possible to construct a circle through all
vertices of

a) any triangle
b) any quadrilateral

Give reasons

35) consider two hemispheres of different diameters
The sum of the diameters is square root of 17
The difference in diameters is square root of 11

Find exact difference of surface area of each hemisphere in terms of pi

36) consider a rectangle ABCD...the length of sides is a and b
the length of each side is increased by one metre to form rectangle EFGH.

Find the differerence in perimeter and area of the rectangles

37) consider two straight lines AB and DE intersecting
at point C.
What is the ratio of areas of triangles and ratio of perimeters of triangles
in terms of AC , CD , EC ,CB
AC = f CD= e CB=g CE= h
and angle DCA = y

38)The barrel of a gun is horizontally aligned and points directly at an apple which is m metres away ( in horizontal direction). At the instant the bullet is fired the apple falls downward from the tree.
Under what circumstances will bullet hit the apple? Hint: draw diagram.

39)Sketch the following ( do not use calculus)...
do not find co ords of local minima and
local maxima.Show the z interceps.

y =( ( z-2) to power 3 ) x ((z + 3) to power 2)

The vertical axis is y

How many local minimums are there.
How many local maximums are there.

40) Consider

Y =( (W - 3) to power 2) × (( 2W + 5) to power 6) + 5


What is domain and range

41) what is the domain of

y = 3 ÷ ( ln ( w x w - 5w + 6))

Y =( ( 2f + 3) ( 2f + 3) (3f - 5) (f + 6) (f + 6)(f+ 6) (f + 6)) to power 0.5

42) consider the following...

(11×11) - (13 × 13) + (15 × 15) - ( 17 × 17)...((97×97) -(99 × 99))
Isi an AP or GP or neither?
Find its value by developing an appropriate formula.

43) develop a formula for finding the value of

20 x 20 + 21 x 21 +22× 22.......90× 90

44) Given that m and n are both rational and greater then zero find values for m and n such that
a) both m and n are integers

b) both m and n are mixed numerals

for the equation below

m × m - n× n = 27

45) consider two cars separated by a straight line
distance of 75000m and both are initially stationery.

Car A has an initial speed
20 m/ sec and acceleration of 3m/ sec/sec
and travells to the right

Car B has an initial speed
25 m/sec and acceleration of 4 m/sec/sec
and travells to the left.

Both cars start journey at same time toward each other.

When and where do the cars meet?

If Car A has a constant speed of 18 m/sec to the right and
car B has a constant speed of 14 m/ sec the left when and where do they meet?

46) consider a sector having a uniform thickness
and an angle at centre between zero and 180 degrees.
The area of the sector is ( 32 pi) ÷3
The total area of the two rectangular sides is 32
The area of the curved surface is ( 16 pi) ÷ 3

Find the volume of the sector WITHOUT finding the
values of angle at cenre.radius,thickness of sector.

47) Consider a rectangular prism .The side lengths
consist of 3 consecutive positive integers.
If one metre is added to each side length
its volume increases by 2 cubic metres.

Find the original dimensions of the rectangular prism.

48) consider a circular cylinder of height h and thickness 1.0 m.
The base of the cylinder is annulus.
What is difference between the outside curved
surface area and the inside curved surface area
Do not consider the area of the two annuli.

49) Using the product rule for differentiation derive the quotient rule for differentiation.

50) Given that y = sin m and dy/dm = cos m find the first derivative of cosm and tan m.

51) what are the characteristics of a black body.

Is it necessarily black? Give reasons

52) Consider the equation

(Square root of g) (1 + 3(square root of f))
-f - (6÷(square root of g))

Find g in terms of f

Find f in terms of g

53) Given that n is greater then or equal to 3
show by induction that

29 to the power (n×n -3n + 2) - 1 is divisible by 14

54) a)Using induction show that for all integers n
greater then or equal to 7 that

(2 n -5) (2n-4) (2n -3) is divisible by 6

b) Find an alternative way to prove( a )

55) Group A has an average of 9
Group B has an average of 11 and 2 more
members then Group A
When Group A and Group B are combined
the average is 121/ 6

How many members are in each Group?

56) consider a mass m attatched to end of taut
string radius r and rotating at a tangential
speed of v m/ sec.
Ignore gravitational field.

Given that the initial vertical and horizontal
displacement are respecively
r sin u and r cos u
where u is initial angle in radians

show using calculus that

centripetal acceleration = (v x v) ÷ r
and this acceleration points toward
the circle centre.

57) consider a triangle whose perimeter is 18 cm
Its side lengths are 2w-7....w+2 ..w +3

Consider another triangle whose perimeter is 36 cm
its side lengths are 2y- 10...y+6 ....3y - 8

Are the triangles similar....Give reasons
Find the lengths of all sides of both triangles.
Find area of each triangle.

58)Triangle A has side lengths
3w-2 and 14-2w and 14 -w

Triangle B has side lengths
2y - 7 and y - 1 and 3y - 9

Perimeter of A is twice that of B

Find side lengths of B...find area of triangle B

What are maximum and minimum
side lengths of A
What are maximum and minimum areas of triangle A?

59) Given that the area of a rectangle is LB prove
that area of a triangle is 0.5 LB where B is base
length and L is perpendicular height of triangle.

60) Consider equations

2a - 3b + 5c = 6
4a +b - 2c = 7

Find value of
-7b + 12c

14a - c

Find value of
3 to the power ( 24a - b)

61) The original volume and suface area of a cone
is V and S
If its radius is halved and its height is tripled what
is its new volume and surface area.

If the radius is doubled and the height is halved
what is new volume and surface area?

62) An equilateral triangle has sies of length w.
It cotains three identical discs of radius r. Ech disc
touches each of the other discs and the sides of the triangle. The discs cannot move with respect to the friangle or the other discs.
What is the equation of r in terms of w.
What is area outside the discs but inside the
equilateral triangle? What is its perimeter?

63) If 1019 is multiplied 981 what are last 4 digits?

64) Consider coins of following denominations

5 cent 10 cent 20 cent 50 cent

In how many different ways is it possible to have a total of 155 cents?
Given that y! equals an integer whose last 4 digits are all zero what is minimum value of y?
Note that y! means y factorial
5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1

66) Consider two isoceles triangles

Triangle A has lengths c,c and d
Triangle B has lengths e,e and f
Assume that c,d , e , f are all different positive
Can the triangles A and B have same area and if
so under what conditions?

Two apples , three bannanas and four mandarins
have a total cost of 570 cents

Five apples , two bannanas and six mandarins have a total cost of 795 cents.

Find total cost of 11 apples and 10 mandarins.

68) The sum of lengths of three sides of a rectangle is 65 cm.
The sum of lengths of all four sides is 90 cm.
What are the dimensions of the rectangle?

69) Consider a trapezium whose area is 8 square cm
It is modified so that one of the parallel sides is increased by 3 cm and the other parallel
side is decreased by 3 cm. The perpendicular distance between the parallel sides is doubled.
What is the area of the modified trapezium?

70) Given the index rule

(a to the power m) x (a to the power n)
(a to the power (m+ n))

show that a to power zero equal 1

71) consider a triangle whose lengths are
3m - 2
2m+ 8
8m - 11
The sum of a pair of different lengths is 42.
All side lengths are integrals.

Find the dimensions of the triangle.

72) Given that
(a + b) × ( a + b) = axa + 2×a×b + b× b

Find expansion of
(a-b) (a-b)

73) Consider a cylinder.
After it is filled with water the total mass is 820 grammes.
When it is 2/7 full of water the total mass is 490 grammes.
What is mass of empty cylinder?

74) consider an analogue clock.
What is the angle between the minute and
hour hand at 4.38 pm?

For the next two occasions at what time
will the hour and minute hand be in alignment.


Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (University of New South Wales)

Master of Engineering Science (University of New South Wales)

Diploma of Education (Australian Catholic University)

Qualified experienced teacher.

Working with children check approval from NSW Government.


$60 per hour for years 7-12 (one to one tuition at students home)

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