December 2016 issue of The Physics Teacher


Volume 54 Issue 9, December 2016

The Physics Teacher

This month's cover appears to feature a snowflake atop a rainbow spire, yet there's something fishy about this beautiful ice-crystal-on-bubble image by Daniela Rapava. What clues can you find that hint at the natural orientation of the cover image and of this month's Visual Physics entry?




Figuring PhysicsLittle Gems, AstronotesPhysics Challenge for Teachers and Students, Fermi Questions, Visual Physics, IPHYSICSLABS, and Websights.


Whistling Tea Kettles, Train Whistles, and Organ Pipes by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967886

The Chappaquiddick Incident by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967887

100 Years of Attempts to Transform Physics Education by Valerie K. Otero and David E. Meltzer. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967888

More than Meets the Eye –Infrared Cameras in Open-Ended University Thermodynamics Labs by Emil Melander, Jesper Haglund, Matthias Weiszflog and Staffan Andersson. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967889

Reflections on a Disco Ball by Jair Lúcio Prados Ribeiro. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967890

And the Survey Says …U.S. Public High Schools and Number of Seniors Enrolled, Academic Year 2013-14 by Susan C. White. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967891

The Atomic Origin of the Reflection Law by Kjell Prytz. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967892

Virtual Ray Tracing as a Conceptual Tool for Image Formation in Mirrors and Lenses by Lasse Heikkinen, Antti Savinainen and Markku Saarelainen. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967893

Kinematics Card Sort Activity: Insight into Students' Thinking by Erin Berryhill, Deborah Herrington and Keith Oliver. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967894

Visualization of Harmonic Series in Resonance Tubes Using a Smartphone by Rosly Jaafar, Shahrul Kadri Ayop, Ahmad Tarmimi Ismail@Illias, Kok Keng Hon, Anis Nazihah Mat Daud and Mohd Helmy Hashim. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967895

Getting Hooked on Physics! by M. McHugh and V. McCauley. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967896

At the Limit: Introducing Energy with Human Senses by Lisa Stinken, Stefan Heusler and Hans-Otto Carmesin. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967897

Buoys and Springs–Building Connections Between Math and Physics by Amanda C. Tenhoff, Adam J. Gerenz and Jeffrey A. Jalkio. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967898

The Wire Balance by Benjamin Oostra. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967899

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