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Teaching driving is depressing

My son is learning to drive. I’m past the “oh crap” stage and the “but just . . .!” stage and squarely into the “it’s going . . . ok” stage. He takes his test next month and I’m pretty … Continue reading

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Help us crowd-source our drums!

My students have been working hard this summer on a project I’ve talked about before. Here’s the gist: Normal drums aren’t melodic. They have resonant frequencies but they aren’t in a pattern that we think sounds good. That’s why they’re … Continue reading

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Relativistic Lagrangians

I’m a part of a cool group of folks interested in infusing computation into undergraduate physics curriculum. One of the projects is called “relativistic dynamics” and it really got me thinking. I thought I’d get my thoughts down here. Lagrangian … Continue reading

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Optimal race path

I ride my bike to work so I’m often thinking about the best path to take around corners. I know bike racers and car racers (and bob sledders) are often told to head into a corner wide, then cut the … Continue reading

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Can a pendulum save you?

I’m so thankful to my friend Chija for pointing out this video for me: Here’s her tweet https://t.co/dE3xMo3lRc can't wait to analyze this video in class! #ilovephysics #soexcited — Chija Bauer (@bauerphysics) January 25, 2016 When I saw it I … Continue reading

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Portfolio SBG

My last post talked about a way to have daily quizzes in my Standards-Based Grading (SBG) optics course. It (and the comments) got me thinking about how to do it even better and I think I’m closing in on a … Continue reading

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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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