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Category Archives: math
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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Fourier analysis for nonscientists
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 nonsciSs. Goal: that it's possible (to find freqs). notagoal: teach slickest way to do the … Continue reading
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Clock hands symmetry
A long time ago, Dan Meyer took to the twittersphere with a question: "When do the three clock hands form three 120degree angles?" Fun problem from Bowen Kerins. bit.ly/iKCZSz— Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) June 30, 2011 At the time I thought … Continue reading
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Snails on a triangle
This post got its spark when I read this These challenging physics problems found by @MrHonner are awesome. mrhonner.com/2013/01/24/cha…— John Burk (@occam98) January 30, 2013 John had also mentioned the list in last week’s Global Physics Department meeting, and I … Continue reading
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Gyroscopic precession
There have been some interesting things on the interwebs, lately, about rotation, gyroscopes, precession, and helicoptors (all of it brought to my attention, or literally done by, Derek Muller of Veritasium fame). It got me thinking about the modeling I’ve done … Continue reading
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Turntable spriograph modeling
I was inspired this weekend by this video by Robert Howsare: I’ve seen things like this before and I wanted to explore how to model this in Mathematica. It was fun to explore and it really drove home some ideas … Continue reading
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More brute force probability
Last night a tweep of mine posted this: How many ways can I rearrange the letters ABCDEFGH so that no letter is in its original position? What a deceptively simple question!— R. Wright (@r_w_wright) September 01, 2011 I thought about … Continue reading
Posted in fun, math, mathematica, twitter
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Linear dielectrics (recursion approach)
I’ve been prepping for my fall course, Advanced Electricity and Magnetism for juniors and seniors, taught out of Griffiths great book. One of the topics that I want to deal with better this time around is electrostatics in materials (chapter … Continue reading
When not to cancel common factors
Today I was helping some students of mine get ready for my final. These are science teachers who are in an alternative licensure program for physics. We were talking about the equations for the resonant frequencies in various systems and … Continue reading
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Brownie nuts probability
I don’t like nuts. I really don’t like them in brownies. What I want is a way to tell if a particular brownie has nuts in it just by looking at it. That’s what this post is all about. If … Continue reading
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