Author Archives: Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

About Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

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

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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What does the conducting paper lab teach?

At my school we have a lab for electric fields/potentials where they measure potentials at different locations on a piece of conducting paper that has been attached to a power supply (the + lead and – lead of the power … Continue reading

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Evolution of the traveling salesperson

The traveling salesperson problem is a relatively famous math/geometry/computer science problem. The version I’ll be talking about in this post is where the salesperson has to visit several points on a map, minimizing the travel distance. Repeating a point on … Continue reading

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