January 2019 issue of The Physics Teacher


The Physics Teacher

Volume 57 Issue 1, January 2019


Scanning for Time: Science and Art on a Photocopie

This month's cover is not really a photograph in the traditional sense, and even shows signs of being doctored a la “Spinal Tap.” The image features the “rolling shutter” effect wherein different parts of the image correspond to different times.



Letters to the Editor

Galilean invariance of potential energy by Edw. S. Ginsberg. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084914

Remarks on Newtonian Analysis of a Folded Chain Drop by C. A. de Sousa. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084915

Reply to “Remarks on Newtonian Analysis of a Folded Chain Drop” by Carl E. Mungan. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084916


And the Survey Says..., Figuring Physics, iPhysicsLabs, Astronotes, Physics Challenge for Teachers and Students, Fermi Questions, Talkin' Physics, Technology in the Classroom, Tricks of the Trade, Visual Physics, and Websights.


Bringing a Superhero Down to Earth bu Greg DiLisi. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084917

Scanning for Time: Science and Art on a Photocopier by Eric Muller. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084918

Practicing Spatial Relationship Skills Using an Asteroid 3-D Tool by Julie Ziffer, William Morse, Tyler Nelson, Paul Nakroshis, Benjamin T. Rudnick, Max Brautigam, and Wesley Parker. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084919

Introducing ROAVEE: An Advanced STEM-Based Project in Aquatic Robotics by Campbell Hartigan, and George Hademenos. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084920

Improved Gay-Lussac Experiment Considering Added Volumes by Nelson Kilmer, and Joel D. Krehbiel. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084921

Exploring Negative Absolute Temperature Using NetLogo by Fred Browning, Kaitlyn Moore, and Jennifer Campos. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084922

Using Dice Towers in an Introductory Physics Lab by W. Brian Lane. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084924

Higher-Order e-Assessment for Physics in the Digital Age Using Sakai by Valentino van de Heyde, and Andre Siebrits. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084925

Teaching Mechanics Using Kinesthetic Learning Activities by AJ Richards. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084926

Galilean Transformations of Kinetic Energy, Work, and Potential Energy by Robert C. Hilborn. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084927

Plot Twist: Changing the Story in Graphing Skills with an Open-Ended Approach by Kaisa E. Young, and Chadwick H. Young. DOI: 10.1119/1.5084928

Assessing Program Learning Outcomes: A Tale of Self-Discovery by Glenda Denicoló. DOI: /10.1119/1.5084929


Additional Resources


Race and Physics Teaching Collection Resource

DNA Science TPT Element

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.