Physics and Math Tutoring Pilot Program

This year, the physics department will be piloting a new open-hours tutoring program and math workshop series aimed at students in the introductory physics sequences (PHYS 120s, 130s, & 140s). The focus of the program will be fundamental math and physics skills needed for introductory physics that may not be covered in detail in the courses. This tutoring program will feature upper-level physics students as tutors who will be available on Zoom for a few hours weekday evenings and some weekday mornings. The math workshops will run one hour per week and are taught by an upper-level undergraduate who will review a math topic relevant to the intro curriculum and help students collaboratively work on practice problems. 

The drop-in tutoring schedule is on the calendar below. Drop-in tutoring is available in the evenings from Monday to Thursday and in the mornings on Monday and Wedensday. Please click the calendar event to find the Zoom link to join.

You may need to be signed in to your UChicago Zoom account.

The math workshops are hosted on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm Central. You can find the topics covered at each workshop on the calendar event description, along with the Zoom link.

The weekly topics, as well as notes, problems, and solutions can be found under the headers below.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please fill out this anonymous
 or contact Nina Coyle (

This pilot program is funded by the College Innovation Fund.

Week 2: Coordinates, Surface Integrals, and Volume Integrals (Notes)

Week 3: Divergence and Gradient (Notes)

Week 4: The Laplacian (Notes)

Week 5: Curl (Notes)

Week 6: Line Integrals (Notes)

Week 7: Ordinary Differential Equations (Notes)

Week 8: Partial Differential Equations (Notes)

Week 9: Integral and Differential Forms of Maxwell's Equations (Notes)

Week 2: Solving algebraic equations and systems of equations (Problems and Notes) (Solutions)

Week 3: Vectors in 2D and 3D (Problems and Notes) (Solutions)

Week 4: Single-variable integrals (Problems and Notes) (Solutions)

Week 5: Derivatives and optimization (Problems and Notes) (Solutions)

Week 6: Multivariable integrals (Problems and Notes) (Solutions)

Week 7: Relating angular and linear motion (Problems and Notes) (Solutions)

Week 8: Trigonometry: frequency and phase (Problems and Notes) (Solutions)

Week 10: Intro to differential equations (Problems and Notes) (Solutions)