Author Archives: Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

About Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

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

Double pendulum roller coaster

EDIT: SEE THE NEXT POST THAT FIXES A MAJOR MISTAKE IN THIS ONE 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 … 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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Lessons from #NaBloCoMo 2014

I did it! Thirty days with thirty different blogs (published on that day) and thirty blog post comments! Here they are: http://www.emilywillinghamphd.com/2014/11/academic-science-is-sexist-we-do-have.html http://wwndtd.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/day-37-homecoming-and-halloween/ http://kris.shaffermusic.com/2014/11/social-academia/ http://www.crazyteacherlady.com/crazy-thoughts/thoughts-on-engagement http://180.pedagoguepadawan.net/933/day-52-electric-potential-surfaces/ http://falconphysics.blogspot.com/2014/11/getting-started-with-3d-printing-jazz.html http://blog.wolfram.com/2014/11/07/using-arduinos-as-systemmodeler-components/ http://rationalexpressions.blogspot.com/2014/11/kids-learn-from-second-drafts-2-of-10.html http://space.io9.com/aurora-are-colourful-reminders-to-upgrade-our-infrastru-1634324110 http://phyzblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/is-inertia-truck-drivers-friend-or-foe.html http://teachthemphysics.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/blackout-poetry-using-physics-text/ http://mgolding180.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/day-61-pinhole-camera-building/ http://jacobsphysics.blogspot.com/2014/11/why-i-make-students-graph-data-as-they.html http://symmetricblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/quiz-video-combination-instead-of-lecture/ http://blog.sciencegeekgirl.com/2014/11/15/why-not-to-grade-clicker-questions-for-correctness/ http://physicsandphysicists.blogspot.com/2014/11/should-i-go-into-physics-or-engineering.html http://museumfatigue.org/2014/11/15/good-food-class-ramen-cookoff/ https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/best-software-writing-your-dissertation http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/castingoutnines/2014/11/19/making-screencasts-the-working-example/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitterContinue reading

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