Author Archives: Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

About Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

Associate professor of physics at Hamline.

Object tracking in Mathematica

I’ve been playing with ImageFeatureTrack in Mathematica over the last few days. My interest is in helping me and my students track the beads on a swinging beaded chain (something we worked on quite a bit last summer). I just … Continue reading

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Help me get more women in my engineering course

For two years now, I’ve offered what Hamline calls a First Year Seminar entitled “Hamline Engineering.” It’s been a fun class, featuring: daily challenges guest speakers (including a woman who works for the Army corps of engineers) catapults designing a … Continue reading

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Synchronous classical mechanics brainstorming

In the summer of 2014 I plan to offer an online course called “PHYS 5930 Theoretical Mechanics.” It’s an online version of the course we require our majors to take, though I’m not sure how many Hamline students will sign … Continue reading

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Online academic bullying

I’ve been ruminating about this post for a few weeks now, and I think I’ve finally thought of a way to couch my argument. I figured an analogy would help, so let me start with that. My brother-in-law is a … Continue reading

Posted in glodal physics department, teaching | 18 Comments

NaBloCoMo results

What a fun month. I challenged myself (and others) at the beginning to try to help foster community among physics/math/??? educators by commenting on a blog every day. I thought it would be pretty easy. Mostly it was, as I … Continue reading

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Lab Lateral thinking

My son was asking us some riddles the other day and I started turning them into lateral thinking puzzles by asking him yes/no questions to figure out the answer. This reminded me of something I tried in my first year … Continue reading

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Visualizing eigenvectors

When I was in undergrad, I dutifully did all my linear algebra homework, not really understanding why. I figured, “if they want me to find a vector or two for a given matrix that satisfies M.v=lambda v , fine, I’ll do it.” … Continue reading

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Building community with #NaBloCoMo

It seems November means lots of things to lots of people. Writers try to do 50,000 words with #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and bloggers try to do a new post every day with #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month). I … Continue reading

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Sound and Music oral exams

The most authentic assessment technique I’ve ever used is oral exams. By authentic, I mean that I can really get to know what my students know. I can dig through their misuse of vocabulary and their bluster to find out … Continue reading

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Fourier analysis for non-scientists

Yesterday I went on twitter to try to get some help on teaching Fourier analysis for my sound and music class: teaching fourier theory to non-sci-Ss. Goal: that it's possible (to find freqs). not-a-goal: teach slickest way to do the … Continue reading

Posted in math, mathematica, physics, teaching | 5 Comments