Hello Students and Parents, My name is Moin and I'm looking forward to meeting you. I have a passion for teaching because, for me, teaching is the best way of learning. Regardless of how many times I have taught a subject, I learn something new in every teaching session. I also believe that one's interest in a subject depends very much on the teaching one received. Mathematics is my most favorite subject - I simply love this subject. I am skilled in mathematics - thanks to my teachers at var... [more]
SAT remains a challenging task for all students. As a math teacher, I would like to express my views on SAT Math only. SAT Math is sure a different kind of material than what comes across in the textbooks, classroom, and in the usual homework/quizzes/tests. That is what makes the SAT Math difficult. In fact on the cover sheet of the SAT test booklet, one would find this test termed as "SAT Reasoning Test". Realistically speaking almost all the problems, particularly in the multiple choice sections, are based on reasoning, and one can logically often narrow down the choices of possible answers to two (out of the given 5) and even to just one of the correct answers. Reasoning is often needed in many of the open-ended (student produced response) questions as well. Having said that, it must be emphasized that basic math skills are very much necessary for the test. The subject areas of SAT Math are quite limited. However, the variety of questions are virtually unlimited. In every test, one finds some problems ,which have something new and different in them. In preparing the students for SAT Math, I first spend few sessions on the basic math skills in all the needed areas so that one may get started with practice. The variety of questions is so vast that continued practice is of utmost importance for SAT Math Prep. I therefore get the student involved in practice from the very beginning. Of the many books available, the College Board's book is, to my mind, the best. Besides that I give my own worksheets and quizzes. Practice and review of the homework and the work during the sessions helps very well for building up the skills. At some point, I start giving timed tests as homework and during the sessions and assessing the progress. It gives me immense satisfaction that many of my students have been able to score from upper 600's to the upper 700's. Of course there are a couple of students who have made perfect scores as well.
I consider myself to be a highly skilled FORTRAN programmer who is extensively experienced in scientific computing related to two- and three-dimensional structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, and granular flow problems. (I have in-depth knowledge of various computational methods including the finite element, finite difference, and differential quadrature methods, and general methods of numerical analysis.) I learned FORTRAN programming in 1972 for the computational work of my MS thesis (FORTRAN was the most prevalent programing language at that time). I have experienced writing codes in all the versions of FORTRAN (II, IV, V, 77, 90, and 95) since that time.
My educational background includes two PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India (1980) and the University of Oklahoma (1994). I have 25 years of teaching experience. I have taught mechanical engineering, specifically applied mechanics (engineering statics and dynamics, vibrations, fluid mechanics) at two universities. Besides, I am an active researcher in these areas (applied mechanics) with 65+ peer-reviewed research publications.