Author Archives: Andy Rundquist

About Andy Rundquist

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

Classroom photo sharing app

For a long time I’ve wanted an app that could Allow my students to take a picture of their work and share it with the class Certainly my computer should be able to display it, but with thumbnails for all … Continue reading

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Audience ranking questions

I’m helping to run a workshop this week and we realized that instead of using post-it notes through the day to capture “burning questions” we could use a tool that both collects questions and allows the audience to vote on … Continue reading

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Brachistochrone for rolling things

The Brachistochrone curve is the shape of a wire for beads to slide down (friction free) to get from point A to point B the fastest. Note that since I used the word “down” there I’m implying this happens in … Continue reading

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License plate math game

I do lots of things while I ride my bike to work to pass the time. Recently I’ve invented this game (surely others have too): Pick a target integer (I start at zero and move up by one in each … Continue reading

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Book editor in Google Apps Script

I’m teaching a class in the fall called “Web App Development with Google Apps Script” that I think I want to write my own book for. I started doing some of that using wikibooks, but I was frustrated at some … Continue reading

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Programming for me vs you

I almost titled this “I hate ‘input’ and ‘print’” but that’s not really true. I’m teaching a course called “Introduction to Computational Data Science” this semester, just like I did last spring, and even with only two days under my … Continue reading

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Catenary with Lagrange Multipliers

The catenary is the shape of a hanging chain supported at both ends in a constant gravitational field (ie normal life). Recently Rhett Allain has been doing some great work using both python and analytical results to show how you … Continue reading

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Synchronous dashboard with audio and breakouts

I teach again in just a week and have set a goal for myself to make an app that I can use in my synchronous meetings. As of this weekend, I think it’s working (see github repo here)! You can … Continue reading

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Physics Teachers Are Awesome

I’ve started a project that brings me joy. I’m hoping to help spread that around! I was looking around for ways that I could support physics teachers who were working so hard to teach during this pandemic. I was reflecting … Continue reading

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Boltzmann to Blackbody to Electoral College

Ok, I know that’s a weird title, but bear with me, this has some fun stuff in it, including some things I still need help with. The basic idea is that Planck’s solution to Blackbody radiation is an interesting way … Continue reading

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