February 2023 TPT cover

The Physics Teacher

February 2023
Volume 61 Issue 2

This Month’s Cover...shows the type of cryogenic target used by the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to achieve fusion ignition this past December, producing more energy from fusion than the laser energy used to drive it for the first time in history. In these inertial confinement fusion research experiments, 192 laser beams are focused on a tiny fuel capsule suspended inside a cylindrical x-ray oven called a hohlraum (at bottom, inside the circle). For more information, see Dan MacIsaac’s “WebSights” column on page 160 (photo credit, Jason Laurea, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory).


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.


Flattening of Earth by Rotation: From Historical Experiment to Modern Toy by Irene Tovar Hernández and José Manuel Vaquero. DOI: 10.1119/5.0058890

Reflections on the Physics and Astronomy Student Reading Society (PhASRS) at San José State University by Sidney L. Johnson, Athanasios Hatzikoutelis and Christopher L. Smallwood. DOI: 10.1119/5.0100363

Writing Virtual Reality Teaching Resources by Gerd Kortemeyer. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 107 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0067963

Certain Tricks to Calculate Some Centers of Mass by C. H. Wörner. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 110 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0064624

Contemplating Electromagnetic Phenomena in Lived Experience Through Somatic Meditation by Zosia Krusberg, Elam Coalson and Andrew Feldman. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 113 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0093774

A Misconception Regarding the Einstein Equivalence Principle and a Possible Cure Using the Twin by Ron A. Pepino and Risley W. Mabile. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 118 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0075153

Capturing the Random Walk with Toys by Christina M. Othon. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 122 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0055904

Constructing Wave Functions Using Mathematical Reasoning by Andrzej Sokolowski. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 124 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0062821

Poking Your Finger into a Cup of Water on a Scale: Simple Adhesion Force Experiments by Michael M. Hull, Shizuka Nakayama and Sachiko Tosa. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 128 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0064927

An Arduino-Based Experimental Setup for Teaching Light Color Mixing, Light Intensity Detection, and Ambient Temperature by Sensing Hwa-Ming Nieh and Huai-Yi Chen. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 133 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0066060

Superhydrophobic Sand Repels Water by Hollis Williams. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 138 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0065235

Investigating High School Students’ Perception of Careers and Diversity Issues Within Physics by Elizabeth Parisi, Giovanna Masia, Cynthia Reynolds and A. J. Richards. DOI: The Physics Teacher 61, 140 (2023); https://doi.org/10.1119/5.0054759


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Race and Physics Teaching Continued May 2020-January 2021

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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.