Category Archives: teaching

1 standard per day

I’m often involved in conversations with people about Standards-Based Grading where we focus on how many standards we should have. I’ve settled recently on a “1 standard per day” approach that works for me and I wanted to get my … Continue reading

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doodle notes

A while ago I saw a news report about these guys. They specialize on providing note takers for big events (usually speakers). The note takers try to produce an extended doodle that captures the essence of what’s spoken. I thought … Continue reading

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Breadth vs depth

This tweet really got me thinking recently: @rjallain @orzelc Sorry if you have already discussed this, but I'm interested in a discussion on what college profs want from HS physics.— Casey Rutherford (@rutherfordcasey) May 15, 2014 In the Global Physics … Continue reading

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Flipped flip debrief

This semester I taught our optics elective using a similar approach that I used in our non-science-majors physics of sound and music last semester. Here’s a couple of posts about this class. The main approach consisted of: Students are not … Continue reading

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Finding normal modes

Normal mode analysis is a typical topic in junior/senior mechanics courses. Ours suffers from a lack of linear algebra as a prerequisite so I’ve worked to find ways to engage students with this material without that background. My typical approach … 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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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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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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