Author Archives: Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

About Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

Associate professor of physics at Hamline.

Maxwell to Snell

Today was a really interesting day in my optics class. We’re doing chapter 9 in our text and I wanted to make sure that I motivated the material well. What’s weird about this text is that it waits until chapter … Continue reading

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Group digital lab books

Last summer I bought a LiveScribe Sky pen for my lab group, with the hope that we’d connect it to a group Evernote account that we’d use as a group lab notebook. Unfortunately, it didn’t work very well. The Evernote … Continue reading

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Relativistic explosions

Earlier this week I got an email from a friend who has been working with his students modeling how momentum works in a situation where two carts start connected and then explode apart. I’m not sure, but I think that … Continue reading

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Taking it up a notch: nail beds

About a month ago, I had an extraordinary experience: It was Bill Nye standing on me while I laid on a nail bed. Lots of fun, for sure, and I pointed out to the audience that it was the one … Continue reading

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Leaving a gaping hole

This past week in my optics class I think I made a mistake. We were talking about how light interacts with a system with multiple parallel interfaces, and we started with analyzing a single interface that didn’t happen to be … Continue reading

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Finding grains

My colleague asked me to help him out with this image: He needs to know the grain size distribution, and they’ve been having trouble automating this. He knew I’d been doing some work with Mathematica’s image analysis capabilities so he … Continue reading

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Human loop speed

Rhett Allain’s post about a human running around a loop has really got me (and him!) thinking (click through to see the video). I wondered if there was a more sophisticated way to do the calculation for the minimum speed … Continue reading

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flip squared check in

This semester I’m trying to flip my flipped approach. Here’s a quick description. Today was the best day so far doing it this way. It was the fourth day of class, and the others had been ok but not great, … Continue reading

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Mind map standard

As I get my optics class together (it starts next week), I’ve been thinking about whether I should continue my old practice of developing a mind map of the course on a daily basis. Last time I taught the course, … Continue reading

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Flip the flip for optics

Ah January. The time when I start to plan my spring courses and use this space to brainstorm. I probably won’t have as many posts as last year, but I do like using this blog instead of scratch sheets of … Continue reading

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