Author Archives: Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

About Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

Associate professor of physics at Hamline.

Double pendulum roller coaster FIXED

My last post was wrong. I’m to blame. But in thinking about it and talking about it with with lots of helpful friends I ended up learning a ton. Here’s the upshot: There were kinks in the roller coaster loop … Continue reading

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Double pendulum roller coaster

I’ve been doing a lot of modeling of beads on wires lately, but today I discovered something that really surprised me. The surprise came when I found a bead/wire system that seemed to violate conservation of energy. Now, it turns … Continue reading

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Lagrange multipliers revisited

I spent the last few days trying to decide whether to teach Lagrange multipliers in my Theoretical Mechanics course. Ultimately I decided to go ahead and do it and I wanted to get down my thoughts on why and what … Continue reading

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Setting up oral exams

I’m teaching Theoretical Mechanics this term and next week we have the first set of oral exams. Each student will take 9 oral exams, but each will only be five minutes long. With only 13 students in the course, each … Continue reading

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music vs physics

Don’t be alarmed, I’m not trying to start a war. I’m really just getting down some thoughts I’ve had about teaching and learning music and physics. Recently I’ve started teaching music to high school students and I’ve started to learn … Continue reading

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Making it meaningful

Towards the end of my second semester general physics course last semester, a few students told me (separately) that they liked this semester better than last semester. I did my usual “oh really” face while secretly smiling inside because THEY … Continue reading

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Labs to explore

We decided to do a pedagogical experiment this week in my general physics 2 course.  I wanted to see if I could have the lab be more like the ones in my sound and music course, where students used lab … Continue reading

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