# Category Archives: teaching

## Planetary tunnel oscillators

Pick a point on the earth and start digging. It doesn’t have to be straight down. Keep it straight (careful! it’s harder than you might think) and keep going until you come back to the surface. Ok, now drop a … Continue reading

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My friend Rhett Allain has really got me interested in this ladder drop posted by Veritasium: Here’s Rhett’s awesome explanation: Of course I wanted to see if I could model it with Mathematica, and, after finding I could run Mathematica … Continue reading

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In this post I’m going to try to capture the steps I took today to get a Jupyter Notebook to run Mathematica commands. I did it on a Windows laptop so if you’re on a Mac of Linux you’ll have … Continue reading

## Computational Data Science capstone class

In just over a week the CDS capstone class starts and I’m not nearly ready. It’s been a while since I taught a class (Spring 2021 in the pandemic) and I’m a little rusty. But I remembered how useful it … Continue reading

## Rigid bodies, formulation and examples

My friend Rhett Allain gave me a good challenge recently with this tweet: I had been working on a problem that he posted about regarding a bead sliding freely on a hoop that is spinning about an axis in its … Continue reading

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## Classroom photo sharing app

For a long time I’ve wanted an app that could Allow my students to take a picture of their work and share it with the class Certainly my computer should be able to display it, but with thumbnails for all … Continue reading

## Brachistochrone for rolling things

The Brachistochrone curve is the shape of a wire for beads to slide down (friction free) to get from point A to point B the fastest. Note that since I used the word “down” there I’m implying this happens in … Continue reading

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## Book editor in Google Apps Script

I’m teaching a class in the fall called “Web App Development with Google Apps Script” that I think I want to write my own book for. I started doing some of that using wikibooks, but I was frustrated at some … Continue reading