Author Archives: Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

About Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

Professor of physics at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN

4-sided die quizzes

I’ve been teaching my calc-based general physics II course for a couple weeks now and I thought I’d get some thoughts down on how my assessment strategy is working. Quick description: Assign four problems per class day and use a … Continue reading

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Don’t address the whole class

I was part of a great twitter conversation tonight that really got me thinking. This tweet was the first that caught my eye I finished class 1.5 hours EARLY from a 3 hour class when I took the challenge to … Continue reading

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Set standards ahead of time

For several courses now I’ve been letting the students weigh in on what the standard for each day should be at the end of the class period. Here’s my post about it. Usually this entails a debate among “I can … Continue reading

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Finite Elements Methods in Mathematica

In Mathematica 10 there’s now the ability to solve differential equations using finite element methods (FEM). I’ve spent some time this summer playing around with the tools and I thought I’d write this to help me remember some stuff. The … Continue reading

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Daily quiz for practice in SBG

Yesterday I wrote about a hare-brained scheme designed to get students to do more practice/homework in my Standards-Based Grading (SBG) implementation. Today here’s another one. Back when I graded homework/practice I felt that I was bad at holding the line … Continue reading

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Homework in Standards-based grading

One of my biggest struggles last year teaching general physics 2 (calc-based) using Standards-Based Grading was my inability to convince students to practice problem solving. On the first day when I was laying out my philosophy someone said “so there’s … Continue reading

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Rugby ball bouncing

A friend of mine was telling me that when you play rugby, you can count on the ball bouncing up nice and high for you every third bounce. He showed me in the gym how that’s basically true and I’ve … Continue reading

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