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Gold Academy of Math and Science offers online tutoring in the following areas:

Math tutoring and math classes are available for elementary arithmetic through college calculus and statistics, for all students from children through adults. We can use the books and materials followed by your teacher and school, or use ones I select and recommend.

Contact Michael today: by email at MichaelGold@GoldAMS.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.

Contact us to hold private classes or homeschool classes — in private, for a group, for a company — for the following topics:

Arithmetic

**Course description:** we will cover the concepts of arithmetic in each sequence with stress on practical application, deriving concepts, as much as possible, from real-life examples, and reasoning things out.

We will make sure students know how and why something is true. This is critical for higher mathematics, science, finance, accounting, household calculations, and more.

We will cover addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and more, as appropriate for the age group.

Although I can work from any text book here are two that I recommend:

1. Ray’s Arithmetic by Joseph Ray, available online through various sources such as Amazon.com, Mott Media, or free on sites such as Google Books

Algebra 1

**Course description:** we will cover the concepts of algebra with stress on how we know things and on practical application, which are the more important things to get out of algebra.

Learning derivations and explanations of algebraic concepts teaches us how to reason and gives us confidence in our ability to understand; not learning the derivations and explanations short-circuits the mind, keeps students from developing the ability to think critically, intelligently, and imaginatively, and stifles their self-confidence.

We will cover the real numbers, algebraic expressions, linear equations in one and two variables, systems of equations, inequalities, polynomials, functions, exponents, powers, roots, quadratic equations, rational expressions/equations, radical expressions/equations, and graphing.

Time permitting, maybe also other topics like the conic sections, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, probability and statistics.

Possible texts:

1. Introductory Algebra By Keedy & Bittinger, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, (c) Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.

2. Elementary Algebra by Larson & Hostetler, Houghton Mifflin Company, (c) Houghton Mifflin Company

3. Algebra: Structure and Method by Dolciani, Brown, Ebos & Cole, Houghton Mifflin Company, (c) Houghton Mifflin Company

Algebra 2

**Course description:** We will cover the concepts of algebra with stress on how we know things and on practical application, which are the more important things to get out of algebra.

Learning derivations and explanations of algebraic concepts teaches us how to reason and gives us confidence in our ability to understand; not learning the derivations and explanations short-circuits the mind, keeps students from developing the ability to think critically, intelligently, and imaginatively, and stifles their self-confidence.

We will cover the real numbers, linear equations, systems of equations, matrices, inequalities, polynomials, functions, rational expressions/equations/functions, exponents, powers, roots, quadratic equations, complex numbers, graphing, the conic sections, exponential functions and logarithmic functions.

Time permitting, maybe also other topics like sequences, series, and probability and statistics.

Possible texts:

1. Intermediate Algebra By Keedy & Bittinger, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, (c) Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.

2. Algebra 2 by Hall & Fabricant, Prentice Hill publishers, (c) Prentice-Hall, Inc.

3. Intermediate Algebra by Cynthia Young, John Wiley & Sons publishers, (c) John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

4. Intermediate Algebra by Larson & Hostetler, Houghton Mifflin Company, (c) Houghton Mifflin Company.

Geometry

**Course description:** we will cover the concepts of geometry with stress on how we know things, on proof, and on practical application, which are the more important things to get out of geometry (more important than just memorizing formulas or doing algebra).

They teach us how to reason, which is something we can and should take with us in all areas of life. Formulas we can look up in books or on our computers.

Of course, we cannot learn the “how” or learn proof without knowing any content.

We will cover all the elements of classic geometry: triangles, parallel and perpendicular lines, polygons, area, perimeter, circles, arcs, proportion, similarity, trigonometry, axioms, constructions.

Possible texts and workbooks:

1. Geometry by Jurgensen, Jurgensen & Brownm, McDougall Littel publishers, (c) Houghton Mifflin Company

2. Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge by Rhoad, Milauskas, and Whipple, McDougall Littel puslishers, (c) McDougall, Little & Company

3. Polygons by Steck-Vaughn School Supply (Harcourt Publishers), ISBN 0-7398-2931-9

4. Solids by Steck-Vaughn School Supply (Harcourt Publishers), ISBN 0-7398-2932-7

5. How To Succeed in Geometry by Teacher Created Resources, ISBN 978-1-57690-958-4

6. Measurement & Geometry by Steck-Vaughn School Supply (Harcourt Publishers), ISBN 1-4190-0437-9

Precalculus

**Course description:** we will consider precalculus for what it is: a development of algebra and geometry, and we will learn derivations and explanations of concepts to teach students how to reason and to give them confidence in their ability to understand.

Not learning the derivations and explanations short-circuits the mind, keeps students from developing the ability to think critically, intelligently, and imaginatively, and stifles their self-confidence.

The course will include functions, graphing, trigonometric functions, applications of trigonometry, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, polynomial functions, inequalities, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, polar coordinates, conic sections, matrices, sequences, and series.

Time permitting, maybe also other topics like probability, statistics, three-dimensional vectors, matrix transformations, and limits.

Possible texts:

1. Precalculus by Foerster, Key Curriculum Press, (c) Key Curriculum Press

2. Precalculus Mathematics by Demana, Waits, & Clemens, Addison-Wesley publishers, (c) Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.

3. Advanced Mathematics: A Precalculus Approach by Ryan, Doubet, Fabricant & Rockhill, Prentice Hall publishers, (c) Prentice-Hall, Inc.

4. Trigonometry by Smith & Hanson, Word Book Company Publishers, (c) World Book Company

5. Trigonometry Refresher by Klaf, Dover Publications, (c) A. Albert Klaf

Calculus

**Course description:** we will develop calculus from its geometric and physical bases.

Calculus is a very practical subject — it was developed to solve problems in physics and astronomy — and should be taught accordingly.

This can be taught as a one or two year course, depending on the depth and course content one wants to cover.

The course will include (depending on scope and content needed) limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, exponential and logarithmic functions, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, infinite series, analytic geometry, plane curves, polar coordinates, vectors, solid geometry, vector-valued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, vector calculus, differential equations.

Possible texts:

1. Calculus by Swokowski, Prindle, Weber & Schmidt publishers, (c) PWS Publishers

2. Caculus by Larson, Hostetler, & Edwards, D. C. Heath and Company, (c) D. C. Heath and Company

Probability & Statistics

**Course description:** we will start from the inductive basis of statistics and work our way into statistics proper.

Satistics is based in induction and categorization, and hence we should start there.

We will cover statistical measures of data, statistical description of data, probability, graphing, distributions of random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions, the normal distribution, sampling theory, experiments, estimation of parameters, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation.

Time permitting, maybe also other topics like analysis of variance, chi-square tests, and nonparametric statistics.

Possible texts:

1. Elementary Statistical Concepts by Walpole, Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., (c) Ronald E. Walpole

2. Introduction to Statistics by Walpole, Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., (c) Ronald E. Walpole

3. Intro Stats by DeVeaux and Velleman, Addison-Wesley publishers, (c) Pearson Education, Inc.

4. The Practice of Statistics by Yates, Moore, & McCabe, W. H. Freeman and Company publishers, (c) W. H. Freeman and Company

“Jack made a 100 on his major test today!!!!! He is so proud! Thanks so much!!!” —Joy R, parent of high school student

“On my geometry quiz I got a 98% and it went really well and I felt I knew the info. Thank you for all the help and for assisting me when I did not understand something.” —Casey C, student at an elite private high school

“You Sir, are a miracle worker…. Can’t believe Tay got an 83 on Calc test!!! Thank you SO much!” —Adrienne W, mother of a college student

“I really did learn more than geometry and math taking classes with you. I learned to reason and use logic to start solving things in everyday life. It’s pretty useful at work when I use reasoning to find root causes, and to find and fix problems. You teach people how to THINK!” —Dylan T, ex-high school student (homeschooled) now in his 20s

Contact Michael today: by email at MichaelGold@GoldAMS.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.

“My average is actually a 96 right now and I made a 94 on the last quiz. We’re still doing conics.” —Kevin B, high school student

“Also, she just called me & said she made a 92 on her math test that she took right before spring break. :)) I’m very happy for her. THANK YOU! It would NOT be possible without your support!!!! I don’t know what she’s going to do at college!!!” —Melissa S, parent of a student at an elite private high school

“Oh! I just found out I made a 93 on the [AP Statistics] project-YAY!” —Taylor R, student at an elite public school

“Michael are you ready: important Maths quiz score 81 and less important quizlet 100!!!! Yeah!!” —Corinna C, parent of high school student

“You’re one heck of a tutor. College is a lot easier due to the way you taught me how to think.” —Josh P, ex-high school student

“Mr. Gold I have to say without a doubt you are the smartest teacher I have ever met.” —Alec K, high school student

“I hope more kids go to you for tutoring; you made me enjoy learning again.” —Jacob L, ex-high school student

“[The twins] did well on [their geometry final]. Got 90+.” —Mythili R, parent of high school students

“I agree with you 100%. [Madison] has gone from a D/C student to a B/A student. She is knocking it out of the park right now, not just by getting the work done but by also doing it correctly. It is nice to have her as a student I can rely on to do her work and know how to do it. I know that she has tried to share her story with others to encourage them to just try and do their work, that Algebra is not as hard as they are making it out to be and I appreciate that. I hope she finishes up the year strong.” —Mr. M, high school teacher of Madison S; quote from emailed note from teacher to parent

Contact Michael today: by email at MichaelGold@GoldAMS.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.

A student of mine, Tyler, made a 96 on his algebra final exam at one of the top private schools in Texas, and a 98 for the year (2016-2017). That’s top, as in top 10 in Texas and top 100 in the entire nation.

Working with an algebra 2 student, JE, only a few times, I helped him to bring his grade up from an F to a C, and to earn a B on his midterm!

Another student, Hope S, made a 105 (of 115) on her college stat test. The test covered ANOVA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analysis_of_variance), a harder topic in intro courses — and she had to do all the calculations by hand!!

A student I tutor, CD, earned a 101 on a geometry test at a private school in Houston.

With my help, TL earned a 91 on an honors Algebra 2 quiz at one of the top private schools in Texas, and a 95 on an algebra 2 test.

Contact Michael today: by email at MichaelGold@GoldAMS.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.

Science tutoring is available for IPC, physics, chemistry, and biology, for all students from children through adults. We use the books and materials followed by your teacher and school.

Contact Michael today: by email at MichaelGold@GoldAMS.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.

Contact us to hold private classes or homeschool classes — in private, for a group, for a company — for the following topics:

Physics

**Course description:** we will cover physics from an inductive, historical perspective, taking two years to cover the subject.

It is important for students to learn how and why scientists developed the ideas and theories they did; today, most science is taught as coming out of nowhere and being true just because the teacher or book says so — not at all how any science should be taught.

Science should be taught as science has been done: starting with the evidence of the senses, and developing concepts, propositions, principles, explanations, and theories step by step from there. We should follow the actual method of the scientists of the ages, something studied most successfully and most recently by the philospher-physicist David Harriman of Falling Apple Science.

We will cover Aristotle, Euclid, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Fahrenheit, Rumford, Mayer, Joule, Helmholtz, Snell, Roemer, Michelson, Gilbert, Franklin, Cavendish, Coulomb, Galvani, Volta, Ohm, Thomson, Oersted, Ampere, Faraday, Plank, Einstein, Rutherford, Maxwell, learning about the roots and development of ancient astronomy, modern astronomy, motion, force, gravity, statics, optics, fluids, energy, power, collisions, sound, heat, electrostatics, electrochemistry, electric circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism, light, the atomic theory of matter, x-rays, radioactivity, atomic spectra, the atomic nucleus, nuclear fission and fusion.

Time permitting, maybe also other topics like systems of particles, rotation, interference and diffraction, entropy, and relativity.

Possible texts, books, and readings:

1. Physics by Tipler, Worth Publishers, Inc., (c) Worth Publishers, Inc.

2. Physics by Halliday & Resnick, John Wiley & Sons publishers, (c) John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

3. Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday & Resnick, John Wiley & Sons publishers, (c) John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

4. Two New Sciences by Galileo Galilei, trans. Crew & Alfonso, Dover Publications, Inc.

5. Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, trans. Stillman Drake, Doubleday Anchor Books, (c) Stillman Drake

6. Selections from Aristotle, at The Internet Classics Archive

7. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres by Copernicus

Chemistry

**Course description:** we will cover chemistry from an inductive, historical perspective.

It is important for students to learn how and why scientists developed the ideas and theories they did; today, most science is taught as coming out of nowhere and being true just because the teacher or book says so — not at all how any science should be taught.

Science should be taught as science has been done: starting with the evidence of the senses, and developing concepts, propositions, principles, explanations, and theories step by step from there.

We should follow the actual method of the scientists of the ages, something studied most successfully and most recently by the philospher-physicist David Harriman of Falling Apple Science.

We will cover Roger Bacon, Bernard Trevisan, Theophrastus Bombastus (Paracelsus), John Becher, Roberty Boyle, Joseph Priestley, Henry Cavendish, Antoine Lavoisier, John Dalton, John Berzelius, Amedeo Avogadro, Freidrich Woehler, Dmitri Mendeleeff, Savante Arrhenius, Marie Curie, Joseph Thomson, Henry Moseley, Irving Langmuir, and more, learning about the roots and development of alchemy, chemistry, the theory of gases, the theory of matter, atomic theory, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, bonding, solutions, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, acids and bases.

Time permitting, maybe also other topics like organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Possible texts, books, and readings:

1. Chemistry: The Central Science by Brown, LeMay, Burdge & Bursten, Pearson Education publishers, (c) Pearson Education, Inc.

2. Chemistry by Zumdahl & Zumdahl, Houghton Mifflin publishers, (c) Houghton Mifflin Company

3. Chemistry by Mortimer, Wadsworth Publishing Company, (c) Wadsworth, Inc.

4. Crucibles: The Story of Chemistry by Jaffe, available on The Internet Archive and Google Books

5. Crusaders of Chemistry by Leonard, available on The Internet Archive and Google Books

6. The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments by Brent, Golden Press Publishers, (c) Golden Press, Inc., availble for on About.com

“Jack made an 87 on his test. That’s his highest test grade yet in pre AP chemistry! We are thrilled! Thank you!” —Joy R, parent of high school student

A student of mine, GR, made an 85 on her chem 1 midterm, maintaining her B average.

A student earned a 96 on a physics test — honors physics at an elite private school. He was smiling when he told me. He was proud of himself.

“Michael expounds all that is science in such an interesting and exciting way! He always keeps my kids engaged and thinking that science is fun!

“He presents science in a logical, rational, integrated way – making it easy and possible to take everything they are learning and apply it in ‘the real world’… not just a list of useless facts, but tangible, knowable, valuable life lessons.

“He builds a great foundation with biology first and all the rest of the sciences following and integrating from there. Who knew that biology, physics, physical fitness, and chemistry are all related and integrated? Just take a few science classes with Michael, and you’ll see for yourself!

“Whether you’re homeschooling and want to seriously upgrade your science curriculum or just want to supplement your child’s deplorably lacking public school science education. Michael will make science fun, interesting, and relevant to your kids’ lives – and yours!”

—Melanie H, mother of three homeschooled children I teach science

Contact Michael today: by email at MichaelGold@GoldAMS.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.

A student of mine earned a 97 on a physics test.

Another earned a 97 on a chemistry test.

An ex-student said he earned a 102 in Immunology at Texas A&M. The professor said to him that it was the highest grade she’d given in that class in 20 years. I did not help him in biology or immunology, but he does give me lots of credit for teaching him good thinking skills, logic, and a philosophical perspective that lets him be reasonable, logical, and successful.

“We just can’t say enough great things about how you not only teach, but motivate them to truly learn conceptually! We think you are the best tutor we’ve had AND don’t forget that we have another son in 7th grade!” –Molly P, parent of high school student

“I learned to reason and use logic to start solving things in everyday life. It’s pretty useful at work when I use reasoning to find root causes, and to find and fix problems. You teach people how to THINK!” —Dylan T, ex-high school student (homeschooled) now in his 20s

“Michael provokes and encourages logical, rational thinking that you will use beyond your time with him. He helped me develop critical thinking that immensely benefited me. He will teach you how to deconstruct complex problems and come to a decision yourself.” —Jacob L, ex-high school student

“Prior to working with Michael, I had very little hope of actually pursuing my dream to work in the aerospace industry as an engineer. Yet here I am, finishing an engineering degree at A&M this Fall and working at Bell Helicopter as an engineer. With Michael’s help, I came to understand the importance of not only mathematics, but also reason, rationality, and a constant pursuit of knowledge. I cannot recommend Michael enough for any student of any subject, this guy is simply the best.” — Drew T, ex-high school student, now in his 20s)

In this podcast, Michael and his co-host Melanie talk to teacher Scott Harris on the need to improve science education:

Gold Academy can help prepare you or your child do well and be confident on standardized tests.

Our test-prep program helps individuals understand the structure of a test, manage time effectively, know what the test-makers are thinking, master test content, master test-taking strategies and techniques, and learn how to maximize their strengths and shore up their weaknesses.

Contact Michael today: by email at MichaelGold@GoldAMS.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.

Test Prep is available for the following standardized tests:

- STAAR
- PSAT
- THEA
- SAT
- ACT
- GRE
- ASVAB
- AP Math
- SAT Math Subject Tests

“I wanted to let you know that Emily got a 33 on her most recent ACT. She was beyond happy.

“Her college list just expanded. She is being recruited by some schools, so she has a number of options, which makes this fun but challenging.

“She had a 29, so she’s gone to a 30 and then a 33. On her recent ACT, she was up 2 points in English and Science, 1 point in Reading, and 5 points in Mathematics: from a 30 to a 35.

“We appreciate all of your help.” —John M, father of high school student

“I wanted to thank you again for the ACT prep class. I got a 30 on the ACT on my first try. Your classes really prepared me — there’s no way I could have gotten that without your help. So THANK YOU!” —Jessica P, homeschool high school student

“With Mr. Gold’s help I managed to get a golden SAT score!!! My SAT score increased from a 1630 to a 1970!” —Tia Z, high school student

A student of mine, Gail S, earned a 34 on her ACT.

Contact Michael today: by email at MichaelGold@GoldAMS.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.

“Thank you again for your efforts and wonderful tutoring for both the SAT and ACT prep classes. I think the benefits reach far beyond good scores on standardized tests. I believe the skills you teach and emphasize have a tremendous impact on our kiddos critical thinking as well. You are greatly appreciated by our family!” —Michelle F, mother of homeschool high school student

“I passed my welding engineer course after three years of studying on my own and applying the basic principles you instilled in me. I am now a certified Apprentice Welding Inspector recognized by the American Welding Society. The skills you taught me allow me to outperform even on tests that are initially of an unfamiliar subject matter just due to the logic and the testing rules you taught me years ago. Thank you!” —Jimi T, ex-high school student

“Thank you so much for giving your time to teach the ACT and SAT prep classes. I really appreciate it, and I believe that it helped me greatly in taking the tests. I am very happy with my scores.” —Courtney F, homeschool high school student [On the ACT, she earned a 35 on the writing section, and a 32 overall.]

A student of mine earned a 28 on his ACT, first time he took it. The 28 put him in the top 10%.

In 10 hourly sessions over 2 1/2 months, a student, DL, I tutored for the SAT took his score from an 890 to an 1190. That is a 300-point improvement!

He went from 410 in reading/writing and 480 in math to a 630 in reading/writing and a 560 in math. All in only 10 sessions — and assigned work I had him to on his own.

Lauren P made a 1220 on the combined math and reading sections of the January 2015 SAT. She earned the score she needed — to get a $10K scholarship! Even better: it was$10K per year! She was paid well for her efforts. That’s on top of some scholarship money she already had. She and her parents had a very high ROI: she made a great deal more money than her parents invested in tutoring. Put in less than $1000, get out $40,000.

An ex-student I saw one day while I was shopping and doing errands said that, years before, I had helped her bring her SAT score up 200-300 points.

Contact Michael today: by email at MichaelGold@GoldAMS.com or by phone at 281-770-2276.