The Physics Teacher May 2023

The Physics Teacher


May 2023
Volume 61 Issue 5

This month's cover features a young lad proudly wielding a “string shooter.” See Physics of the String Shooter for details about the physics of this fun toy and especially how it can be used to convey some interesting lessons about torque.



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.


Deadlines and extensions by Frank Lock.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0138322 

A sine wave template by Thomas Greenslade, Jr. DOI: 

A balloon in the sky by Terrence Toepker.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0149312

What Erratum: “A Simulation Experiment Using Algodoo: What Force Makes a Car Accelerate, and What Does the Acceleration Depend On?” .


We Can’t Ignore the Pandemic Fallout in Our Physics Classes  by Matthew Wright.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0133979

Physics of the String Shooter by Karl Mamola.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0099300

A Deeper Look at the Sadly Cannot Thermodynamic Cycle by Bruce Cameron Reed. DOI: /10.1119/5.0090865

Prepare for the 2023 and 2024 Solar Eclipses! School and Community Events and Fundraising by Douglas Duncan.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0131185

How Media Hype Affects Our Physics Teaching: A Case Study on Quantum Computing by Josephine C. Meyer; Steven James Pollock; Bethany R. Wilcox; Gina Passante.
DOI:  10.1119/5.0117671

How Can We Design Instruction to Support Student Reasoning About Physicists’ Ethical Responsibilities in Society?  by Alice Olmstead; Brianne Gutmann; Egla Ochoa-Madrid; Alexander Vasquez; Ciana Pike; Daniel Barringer.
DOI : Rainbows in Different Refractive Indices Yuan Zheng; Kexun Shen; Xianghe Wang; Xing-Xing Yao.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0086915

Serious Physics on a Playground Swing—With Toys, Your Own Body, and a Smartphone by Ann-Marie Pendrill.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0074171

What Physics Instructors Can Learn from Astronomy Teaching  by Melanie Good; Andrew J. Mason; Chandralekha Singh.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0074117

Physics in a Space Science Context: Learning Sequences to Teach Electromagnetic Waves and Fields Rebecca Elizabeth Vieyra; Ramon Lopez.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0094223

Motivating the Biot-Savart Law by Alon Drory.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0084454

Narrow-Band Invisibility Cloaking: The Vanishing Test Tube Revisited  by Jerry Barretto.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0077759

Kepler’s Second Law Using Integration by Weighing by Marta R. Stoeckel .
DOI: 10.1119/5.0102901

Adherence to and Deviation from the Inverse-Square Law of Intensity for Sound and Light by James C. Sanders; Victoria C. Colvin; Soumitra Ganguly; Caroline E. Howell; Ernest Sebastian Lee; Suraj Thapa Magar; Nicholas A. Johnson.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0082472

Acceleration of a Ball Up an Incline by Rod Cross.
DOI:  10.1119/5.0080835

Where Exactly Is the Weight of a Body Applied? by Fábio M. S. Lima.
DOI:  10.1119/5.0060495

A Low-Cost Optical Board and Binder Clip Setup for Optics Experiments by Amarin Ratanavis.
DOI:  10.1119/5.0077471

Adapting an Activity to Be an Engineering Project by Jane Bray Nelson; Jim Nelson.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0089197

A Nonlinear Least-Squares Approach for Estimating the Refractive Index of a Liquid by Jialai She.
DOI:  10.1119/5.0086331

Instantaneous Measurement of the Speed of Sound in Air and Water Using Arduino by Gustavo A. Mendes; Jusciane da Costa e Silva; Gustavo de O. G. Rebouças.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0118245

Measurement of Work and Power in a Coffee-Mug Stirling Engine as a First-Year Physics Laboratory by Richard E. Stevens; Karen E. Stevens; Ryan L. Grady; Laura A. Stricker.
DOI: 10.1119/5.0073861