My teaching philosophy is focused on effectively building problem solving skills and on communicating science. I want students to understand that physics is not about memorizing equations. While mathematics provides a rigorous framework for physics, the math arises from the underlying concepts, not the other way around. Communication skills are important for any career. For a scientist, communicating science is one of the keys to a successful career since a large part of the job is writing grant proposals and manuscripts, teaching, and/or delivering presentations.