Monthly Archives: January 2014

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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