The Physics Teacher December 2023

The Physics Teacher


December 2023
Volume 61 Issue 9


This Month's cover features the resplendent diffraction of sunlight through a hummingbird’s wings. Photographer Christian Spencer captured this beautiful cover image and titled it “Winged Prism.” See another of his eye-popping hummingbird poses (“Wings of Light”) along with some descriptive text by submitter Francisco Jose Torcal-Milla. (Photographs reproduced with the permission of the artist.)





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.


The solution to the physics education pipeline is partnership by  Marianna Ruggerio. DOI: 10.1119/5.0172082

Improved version of double-layered enclosure demo by  Said Shakerin. DOI: Phys. Teach. 61, 725 (2023)

Quiz of four resistors by  Ken Yamamoto. DOI: Phys. Teach. 61, 753 (2023)


Adding a New Layer to a Favorite Demonstration: The Falling Magnet in a Conducting Tube by  Robert Hobbs. DOI: 10.1119/5.0120637

Perspectives of Scientists Involved in World War II by  Alan Scott. DOI: 10.1119/5.0101836

Studying the Foundations of Optics with the Master by  Scott W. Bonham. DOI: 10.1119/5.0061932

A Unifying Rule for Maximizing the Range or Minimizing the Launch and Impact Speed of a Projectile Along a Tilted Plane by  Jeffrey D. Marx. DOI: 10.1119/5.0101540

Use of a Theremin as an Introductory Physics and Electronics Learning Tool by  Silvia Alonso-Pérez. DOI: 10.1119/5.0095524

Small Lab Debates: A Simple Way to Engage Your Students in the Scientific Experimental Approach by  Jean-François Parmentier; Nabil Lamrani. DOI: 10.1119/5.0106396

A Physics Capstone Course in Sustainable Energy by  Blane Baker; Maggie Sherer. DOI: 10.1119/5.0138132
TPT special collection on “Climate change and sustainability in intro physics.”

Using a Hydrogen Car to Discuss Renewable Energy (in a University Outreach Program) with Middle School Students by  Cristal Schult. DOI: 10.1119/5.0143713
TPT special collection on “Climate change and sustainability in intro physics.”

Riffs on the Inclined Plane by  Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr. DOI: 10.1119/5.0087604

The Mechanical Paul Trap: Introducing the Concept of Ion Trapping by  Sebastian Kilde Löfgren; Ricardo Méndez Fragoso; Jonathan Weidow; Jonas Enger. DOI:/10.1119/5.0106359

Learning Electromagnetism through a Playful County Fair Game Project by  Arturo Gregorio Pazmino; Luis Israel Pabón; Esther Desiree Gutiérrez M.; Erick Lamilla Rubio; Eduardo Montero. DOI: 10.1119/5.0097221

Get Behind the Wheel: Esports and Physics Misconceptions by  Armand Buzzelli; Gavin Buxton; Marina Fontolan; Alexander Gagnon. DOI: 10.1119/5.0093374

An Off-Center, Elastic Collision: Conservation of Kinetic Energy Without a Perfect Coefficient of Restitution by  Theodore Baum; Joshua Grossman. DOI: 10.1119/5.0103373

Open or One-End-Closed Tubes for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony: Boomwhackers by Müge Aygün; Hasan Şahin Kızılcık. DOI: 10.1119/5.0074469

Archimedes Revisited and Beyond by Terrence Toepker. DOI: 10.1119/5.0107227

Water Bottle Stability by Andrew Davis Cahoon. DOI: 10.1119/5.0043933

Rotational-to-Translational Kinetic Energy Transfer for a Rolling Spool by Leonid Minkin; Anthony Zable. DOI: 10.1119/5.0121812

Teaching Introductory Physics in the Context of Personal and Societal Issues of the COVID-19 Pandemic by Guang Zeng; Liang Zeng. DOI: 10.1119/5.0080832

Physical Computing with Arduino by  Barun Raychaudhuri. DOI: 10.1119/5.0108658

Using a Learning Management System to Actively Engage Students in a Biomedically Relevant Introductory Physics Course by  Mayuri Gilhooly; Nancy Donaldson; Ralf Widenhorn. DOI: 10.1119/5.0100478