Monthly Archives: June 2011

Error Propagation

I wanted to jot down some of my experiences with teaching error propagation. Right off the bat I should note that I have been greatly influenced by this document by John Denker in response to questions about this topic on the … Continue reading

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SBG with voice revisions

This past semester I had my maiden voyage with Standards-Based Grading. I wrote a little about it here, here, here, and here. What I’d like to do in this post is discuss the lessons I learned and posit some changes I’m … Continue reading

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Whistle tuning

I’ve always been amazed at the tunability of whistles, specifically my whistle (with my own lips). I used to stand in front of a mirror and try to see what I was doing with my muscles to be able to … Continue reading

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Bouncing balls

I’m embarrassed to admit how often I sit around wondering what a laser’s beam would look like if the room I was in was all reflective. Tonight I had some fun with Mathematica to see if I could see some of those … Continue reading

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Keeping the beat

I had some fun doing an experiment on myself today. Way back when I was in grad school I had the pleasure of taking part in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. One of the guests worked with our band and … Continue reading

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Brute force probability

Earlier this week, a twitter bud of mine posted the following (WordPress is supposed to embed the tweet on the next line but it’s not working right now – let me know if you know why and I’ll fix it): … Continue reading

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