Category Archives: fun

Doppler Drum Corps

One of my favorite oral exam questions to give students in introductory physics classes is to ask them whether marching bands should worry about tuning because of the Doppler Effect (lots of details below but the short version: if there’s … Continue reading

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Stable, asymmetric dice

A while ago I set about trying to find asymmetric dice that might be fair. I’ve put a lot more work into it, but mostly because there’s been a lot of frustrating interesting tangents. Here’s the main thrust of the … Continue reading

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Fair Asymmetric Dice, getting there

Ever since my son and I worked on whether different types of 20-sided dice were fair I’ve been thinking about whether there might be some oddly shaped dice that could still be fair.  I’ve watched these three numberphile videos and I’ve looked … Continue reading

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No connections

Driving home today I heard a great story on NPR. I liked it so much that I thought I’d put it here to remind myself about it. I might have forgotten some of the details, but I think I still … Continue reading

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Propellers with rolling shutter

I really loved Smarter Every Day’s cool video about propellers shot by digital video cameras: I especially like how he stuck with it over several years! I liked the explanation a lot about why the propellers take on such weird … Continue reading

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Helium whistling

Earlier today my son asked me a question I didn’t know the answer to. So I took to twitter: son asked if inhaling He raises you whistle. I say yes but I'm not sure. Anyone know? — Andy Rundquist (@arundquist) … Continue reading

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Blooming energy

Today I saw that the tree outside my office window had blossomed over the weekend: So I got to wondering how much energy it had used to do that. I asked the question on twitter this tree sprouted over the … Continue reading

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