Author Archives: Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

About Andy "SuperFly" Rundquist

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

Daily quiz help

I’m preparing my syllabus for my upcoming Physical Optics course and I’d love some feedback on a policy I’m polishing regarding daily quizzes. Here’s a post from last summer laying out what I did in a recent class (general physics … Continue reading

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Unstable rotation (spinning handle in space)

First, watch this: Cool, huh? My students found this last year when we were studying rigid body rotation. One of the things we did a lot was try to spin a tennis racquet about an axis in the plane of … Continue reading

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Best bingo board

My son is in the third grade and his math homework is to play games. The other night we played one that really got me thinking. Each player makes a 4×4 board and puts in any even number between 8 … Continue reading

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Faraday’s law is overused

First let me say that I thought for sure I’d written this post last year, but it appears not. That could also mean that maybe I didn’t write it because someone else had a good breakdown of my argument, but … Continue reading

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Circuits: find out now or leave it hanging?

I had a really fun class today. It was a review day, like every Friday, and I started out with a pretty innocuous clicker question (though I don’t use clickers). Go ahead, give it a try. The correct answer changes … Continue reading

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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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