January 2017 issue of The Physics Teacher


Volume 55 Issue 1, January 2017


The Physics Teacher

This month's cover is a view through Snell's window, dolphin-style.For insights into this dramatic realization of the phenomenon, and the fascinatingly interdisciplinary study behind this image, see "The dolphin in the mirror—A familiar face?" by D. Dibble, K. Van Alstyne, J. Rohr, and S. Ridgway.



And the Survey Says..., Figuring PhysicsLittle Gems, AstronotesPhysics Challenge for Teachers and Students, Fermi Questions, Visual Physics, and Websights.

Letters to the Editor

Gravitational waves and angular momentum by Lior M. Burko. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672486

Lincoln and Stuver reply by Don Lincoln and Amber Stuver. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672487


A Simple, Inexpensive Acoustic Levitation Apparatus by R. Scott Schappe and Cinthya Barbosa. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672488

An Introduction to the New SI by Sandra Knotts, Peter J. Mohr, and William D. Phillips. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672491

A Fan-tastic Alternative to Bulbs: Learning Circuits with Fans by Robert Ekey, Andrea Edwards, Roy McCullough, William Reitz, and Brandon Mitchell. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672490

Do-It-Yourself Whiteboard-Style Physics Video Lectures by Scott Samuel Douglas, John Mark Aiken, Edwin Greco, Michael Schatz, and Shih-Yin Lin. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672492

Algodoo: A Tool for Encouraging Creativity in Physics Teaching and Learning by Bor Gregorcic and Madelen Bodin. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672493

Spark Ignition of Combustible Vapor in a Plastic Bottle as a Demonstration of Rocket Propulsion by J. R. Mattox . DOI: 10.1119/1.49672492

Terms vs. Concepts –The Case of Weight by Rex Taibu. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672495

A Pedagogical Model for the Doppler Effect with Application to Sources with Constant Accelerations by Lakshya P. S. Kaura and Praveen Pathak. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672496

Slow Down or Speed up? Lowering Periapsis Versus Escaping from a Circular Orbit by Philip Blanco. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672497

Flux Redux: The Spinning Coil Comes Around Again by Daniel Lund, Eric Dietz, Xueli Zou, Christopher Ard, Jaydie Lee, Chris Kaneshiro, Robert Blanton, and Steven Sun. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672498

Teaching Representation Translations with Magnetic Field Experiments by Wilson Andrew Tillotson, Timothy McCaskey, and Luis Nasser. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672499

Grading for Understanding –Standards-Based Grading by Todd Zimmerman. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672500

Virtual Images: Going Through the Looking Glass by Ana Rita Mota and João Lopes dos Santos. DOI: 10.1119/1.49672501


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