Category Archives: glodal physics department

Breadth vs depth

This tweet really got me thinking recently: @rjallain @orzelc Sorry if you have already discussed this, but I'm interested in a discussion on what college profs want from HS physics. — Casey Rutherford (@rutherfordcasey) May 15, 2014 In the Global … Continue reading

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Online academic bullying

I’ve been ruminating about this post for a few weeks now, and I think I’ve finally thought of a way to couch my argument. I figured an analogy would help, so let me start with that. My brother-in-law is a … Continue reading

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Dealing with cheating

At the APS Distance Learning conference last weekend there was a session on dealing with cheating. We heard from Dave Pritchard from MIT and Gerd Kortemeyer from Michigan State. Both of them have run courses using online homework (the MSU … Continue reading

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Help with odd lab equipment

I co-facilitated a physics teacher professional development week here at Hamline a few weeks ago. It was really great talking and working with so many physics teachers! One of the things that came up was the need to help identify … Continue reading

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This week I went to the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). It was great to see so many friends (some of whom I hadn’t met face to face before) and it was fun to brainstorm … Continue reading

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Does voice matter?

As I was reading Shawn Cornally’s post on why the Rubik’s Cube team is trying to win a Nobel Prize tonight, I could hear him through it. All thanks to his wonderful appearance at a Global Physics Department meeting, I … Continue reading

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Markdown with Mathjax

This summer I’ve been working with others in the Global Physics Department to develop an online Physics Problem Database. We’re at version 0.1 right now (very alpha, so watch out) but it’s been a lot of fun learning about how … Continue reading

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