The Physics Teacher, February 2024

The Physics Teacher


February 2024
Volume 62 Issue 2


This Month's cover. “Only Rainbows After Rain” won first place in the “contrived” category in the 2023 AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest. Photographer Sophia Uselman attends Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, Ohio (Kevin Sweeney, physics teacher). The largest raindrops on the surface of the iPad magnify the pixels, appearing as a grid of white dots, while the smallest drops sometimes reveal beautiful colors and combinations. The photo contest, sponsored by Vernier Science Education, begins on March 1 and runs through May 15, 2024. See for more details.


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.



Free-Point Friday: An Intervention Model for Introductory Physics by Nathan D. Davis; Gabriel S. Woodbury Saudeau; Spencer H. Johnson; Eric W. Burkholder. DOI: 10.1119/5.0094456

Using 19th-Century Physics to Discover Einstein’s Most Famous Equation by Arthur Hovey. DOI: 10.1119/5.0098136

An Entertaining Resonance Experiment with Just Two Spring Scales by Yajun Wei. DOI: 10.1119/5.0098426

Visualizing Electric Fields Using Rubbed Balloons as the High-Voltage Source by Francisco Vera; Manuel Ortiz; Rodrigo Rivera; Francisco Antonio Horta-Rangel. DOI: 10.1119/5.0109342

Studying the Physics of the Sling by Automating the Shooting by Santiago A. Cobo-Wajer; M. A. Cabrerizo-Vilchez; Miguel Angel Fernandez-Rodriguez. DOI: 10.1119/5.0128128

The Physics of a Rope Dart: Mass, Force, and Circular Motion by Alexander Volfson; Yuval Ben Abu. DOI: 10.1119/5.0121085

Deep in Galileo’s Groove by Lachlan West; Rick Barrett; David Vender. DOI: 10.1119/5.0116304

Acceleration in the City by Mark W. Kunkel; Kimberly A. Riedl; Douglas F. Stickle. DOI: 10.1119/5.0125526

The Relative Motion When Accelerating the Container of an Object Submerged in a Fluid by Ah Reum Yang; Yu Chen; Hee Ra Kim; Yu Jin Ahn; Jung Bog Kim. DOI: 10.1119/5.0109132

An Instructive Apparatus for Determining the Density of Liquids Based on Archimedes’ Principle by Salmon Landi, Jr.; Thiago Milograno de Carvalho; Alexandre Divino de Souza. DOI: 10.1119/5.0107397

COVID-19 Questions for Physics Exams by Colin Scott Wallace; Duane Deardorff; Daniel Young; Alice D. Churukian. DOI: 10.1119/5.0127554

Learning about Climate Change and Decline of Biodiversity by Constructing a Qualitative Representation In Special Collection: Teaching about the environment, sustainability, and climate change by Marco Kragten; Muriel E. de Boer; Bert Bredeweg. DOI: 10.1119/5.0137153

Damped Oscillations—A Smartphone Approach by Marciano Santamaría Lezcano; Evgeni Svenk Cruz de Gracia; Lucio Strazzabosco Dorneles. DOI: 10.1119/5.0063290

The Different Colors Displayed by a Circular Polarizing Filter by Jun Wang; Wenqing Sun. DOI: 10.1119/5.0084700

Using the Pickering Polarimeter Today by Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr. DOI: 10.1119/5.0104870

Rolling with Slipping and Transition to Pure Rolling on an Inclined Plane by Roseli Constantino Schwerz; Adriana da Silva Fontes; Andre Luis Schwerz. DOI: 10.1119/5.0088212

Enhanced Rolling Moment of Inertia Demonstration by Jerome C. Licini; Richard O. White; George Awad; Yoon Jung Choi. DOI: 10.1119/5.0142119

Switch Mechanism When Spinning the Magnetic Gyro Wheel by Bjarne Schmidt. DOI: 10.1119/5.0098665

Determination of the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion by Measuring Frequency of a Heated Music Wire by Robert Polak; Michael R. Harris; Kiet A. Nguyen; Anthony Kearns. DOI: 10.1119/5.0098172

The Physical Application of a Triangle Approximation Model by Hongbo Fu; Wen Shi. DOI: 10.1119/5.0102793