Author Archives: Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

About Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

Associate professor of physics at Hamline.

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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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

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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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