Monthly Archives: May 2014

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 … 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

Posted in sbar, sbg, screencasting, syllabus creation, teaching | 5 Comments

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

Posted in mathematica, physics, teaching | 8 Comments