The Physics Teacher, May 2024

The Physics Teacher


May 2024
Volume 62 Issue 5


This Month's cover features a student examining a thin film of soapy fluid. See the article by David James Horne, Lily Zheng, and Bryce King for more details about building a fluid dynamics apparatus to support the study of such fascinating films.



AI Physics Tools, And the Survey Says..., Astronotes, Fermi Questions, Figuring Physics, For the New Teacher, iPhysicsLabs, Just Physics, Little Gems, Physics Challenge for Teachers and Students, Talkin' Physics, Technology In The Classroom, Tricks of the Trade, Visual Physics, and Websights.



Comment on elastic collisions involving rotation by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/5.0189829

Magnetic materials? No dilemma! by David P. Jackson. DOI: 10.1119/5.0206226

Grossman and Baum response by Joshua M. Grossman; Theodore Baum. DOI: 10.1119/5.0208136


Strategies for Supporting Equitable Group Work by Marta R. Stoeckel; Kelly O’Shea. DOI: 10.1119/5.0167278

A Simple and Cost-Effective Fluid Dynamics Apparatus to Engage Students in the Classroom and Laboratory by David James Horne; Lily Zheng; Bryce King. DOI:10.1119/5.0132135

Sphero Mini Sensor Board for First-Year Physics Labs by John R. Conrad. DOI: 10.1119/5.0136597

Conservation of Angular Momentum with a 3D-Printed Launcher by Alan DeWeerd; Eric Hill. DOI: 10.1119/5.0142732

Free-Body Diagrams and Bogus Work by William H. Bassichis. DOI: 10.1119/5.0149798

Experimental Evidence for the Direction of Friction on a Pulled Spool by Bjarne Schmidt. DOI: 10.1119/5.0159623

Analyzing Vertical Circular Motion and Damped Oscillations Using a Smartphone Accelerometer by Sándor Egri; Gábor Bihari; Muhammad Hassan Nawaz; Ayuba Tahiru. DOI: 10.1119/5.0077295

The Vitruvian Man: An Introduction to Measurement and Data Analysis by Freek Pols. DOI: 10.1119/5.0149407

The Pneumatic Inkwell and the Barometer by Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr. DOI: 10.1119/5.0058338

An Easy Way to Estimate the Total Energy of the Geomagnetic Field by Christopher Provatidis. DOI: 10.1119/5.0119836

Experimental Determination of the Transverse Width and Position of the Virtual Images Produced by Thin Lenses and a Plane Mirror with Smartphone Photography by Sanjoy Kumar Pal; Soumen Sarkar; Surajit Chakrabarti. DOI: 10.1119/5.0138007

Trajectories of Transfer Students Toward a Bachelor’s Degree-Granting Institution by Frank T. Dachille; Gina M. Quan. DOI: 10.1119/5.0108466

A Comparison of AI Performance with Student Performance in Astrophysics and Astrobiology by Lazar Radenković; Milan Milošević. DOI: 10.1119/5.0168896

Improving the Teaching of Forces: Cognitive Chunking and Chaining by Chris Meyer. DOI: 10.1119/5.0124245

Repoliticizing STEM Education Through the Medium of Climate Justice by Deepak Iyer; Bridget Brett. DOI: 10.1119/5.0141378

A Minimization Problem Based on Straight Lines by Yiqi Fang; Xianle Zeng; Rongyu Fan; Zhu’an Chen; Marcelo F. Ciappina. DOI: 10.1119/5.0159317

Measurement of the Electric Fields in Parallel Plate Capacitors by Taehun Jang; Hyejin Ha; Sang Ho Sohn; Jungmin Moon. DOI: 10.1119/5.0118567

Observation of Optical Corona Through Water Droplets in Class by Su Jin Moon; Hoon Yu; Jung Bog Kim. DOI: 10.1119/5.0132188