The Physics Teacher December 2021

The Physics Teacher
December 2021
Volume 59 Issue 9

This month's cover presents an arresting wintry scene, quietly inviting the viewer to ponder these icy stalactites and the role of the weakest fundamental force in their creation. “Gravity in Icicles” was submitted by Declan Reed St. John from Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, MN, and was selected as one of the top 100 photographs in the 2019 AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest. His physics teacher was Kim Hoehne. PS: Note the air bubbles inside the icicles!


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


Sketch graphs by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007370

Simple Harmonic Motion by Gajanthan Sriskandarajah. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007381


What Physics Instructors Might Do to Support Immunosuppressed Students in the Return to In-Person Instruction: Thoughts from one chronically ill and immunosuppressed physicist by Amy D. Robertson. DOI: 10.1119/5.0070435


Over The Top by Carl E. Mungan. DOI: 10.1119/5.0051081

Using Math in Physics: 4. Toy models by Edward Redish. DOI: 10.1119/5.0025840

The Induction Coil by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007393

A Student Experiment About Rainbows: Ray Tracing Through an Acrylic Cylinder by Minkyung Kim, Wonseok Kang and Jung Bog Kim. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007394

The Electric Monochord: A Musical Demonstration About Electromagnetic Induction by Antonio Eff-Darwich. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007395

Calculating the Duration of Impact When a Solid Sphere Collides on a Flat Rigid Wall by Stylianos Vasileios Kontomaris and Anna Malamou. DOI: 10.1119/5.0021271

3D-Printed Labs: A Force Table and Simple Pulleys by Francisco Vera, Manuel Ortiz, Jaime Villanueva and Francisco Antonio Horta-Rangel. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007396

Backward-Design Model for an Astronomy Course Using RSpec by Asif Shakur and Joseph Schwartz. DOI: 10.1119/5.0021943

Enhancing Student Learning of Global Warming Through Reflective Writing by Liang Zeng and Guang Zeng. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007397

Interference of Two Point Sources Using Smartphones by Giovanni Organtini. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007409

Newton’s Green and Goethe’s Purple – Color Experiments with LEDs by C. Hanisch, M. Ziese and W. Oehme. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007410

ECG Voltage and Vector Analysis for Heart Axis Determination by Erica Farnsworth and Mark A. Milanick. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007411

The Taut Wire Harmonograph by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/10.0007412

Race and Physics Teaching Collection Resource
Race and Physics Teaching Continued May 2020-January 2021

DNA Science TPT Element

DNA Science Lesson & Digi-Kit

Inspired by an article from The Physics Teacher, this multidisciplinary lesson and digital resource collection is based on How Rosalind Franklin Discovered the Helical Structure of DNA: Experiments in Diffraction (Braun, Tierney, & Schmitzer, 2011). Click the image to access this resource.