The Physics Teacher March 2020


The Physics Teacher

Volume 58 Issue 3, March 2020


Celebrating 34+ years of Paul Hewitt’s “Figuring Physics”

This month's cover poses a classic rainbow conundrum, and celebrates more than three decades of wonderfully compelling “Figuring Physics” cartoons from well-known physics educator Paul Hewitt. For more about rainbows in this issue, see Ken Ford's article “Rainbows: A graphical approach” and Jennifer and Ignacio Birriel’s paper “Rearview mirror rainbow: An optics investigation”. For details about the origins of the “Figuring Physics” series, see Celebrating 34+ years of Paul Hewitt's "Figuring Physics", but if you want to see the solution to the cover conundrum in print, you’ll have to wait until next month!.





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Photoelectric effects by Conrad Schiff. DOI: /10.1119/1.5145396

Starfish in the sky by Tom Greenslade Jr.. DOI: /10.1119/1.5145397

Improved demo of granular flow by Said Shakerin. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145398

Breathtaking Physics: Human Respiration as a Heat Engine by Trevor C. Lipscombe and Carl E. Mungan. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145400

Rainbows: A Graphical Approach by Kenneth W. Ford. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145401

A Case Studies Approach to Teaching Introductory Physics by Gregory A. DiLisi, Alison Chaney, Stella McLean and Richard Rarick. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145402

Speed Eleusis: Variation on an Old Educational Card Game by John R. Walkup and Roger Key. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145403

Rearview Mirror Rainbow: An Optics Investigation by Jennifer Birriel and Ignacio Birriel. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145405

Duhdohnium: A Dice Game to Introduce Middle and High School Students to Non-elementary Systems by Andrea Bussani. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145406

Video-Based Analysis of the Transition from Slipping to Rolling by Álvaro Suárez, Daniel Baccino and Arturo C. Martí. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145407

Dynamics of a Spool-Block Atwood System by Abdallah El Idrissi, Dominic Calabrese and Tyler Hickox. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145408

Measuring the Coefficient of Kinetic Friction by Exploring Dynamics of Rotational Motion by Robert Drosd and Leonid Minkin. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145409

Helmholtz Resonator in Laboratory Experiments by Mária Koval’aková, Mária Kladivová and Zuzana Gibová. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145410

Linear Quadrupole Magnetic Field Measured with a Smartphone by Enrique Arribas, Isabel Escobar, Raquel Ramirez-Vazquez, Carmen del Pilar Suarez Rodriguez, Jesus Gonzalez-Rubio and Augusto Belendez. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145411

Teaching Thermodynamics Using a Vacuum Container for Food by Yasuo Ogawara. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145412

A Measurement of Gravitational Acceleration Using a Metal Ball, a Ruler, and a Smartphone by J. Kim, L. Bouman, F. Cayruth, C. Elliott, B. Francis, E. Gogo, C. Hyman, A. Marshall, J. Masters, W. Olano, A. Paone, K. Patel, L. Richards, C. Sbardella, A. Snider, B. Trinh, F. Umari and H. Wilks. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145414

Systematic Errors in Video Analysis by Tim Martin, Kayt Frisch and John Zwart. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145415

A Slinky’s Elastic Potential Energy by Philip Gash. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145416

Charged Particle Pickup Tube Detector Used in Experimental Applications and Classroom Demonstrations by Robert R. Nerem and David James. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145417

Double Ring Stand Interference by Michael Scott Bell. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145418

Teaching Doppler Ultrasound in an Introductory Laboratory for Pre-health Students by Theodore Stenmark, Thomas Allen and Ralf Widenhorn. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145419

Model Comparison in the Introductory Physics Laboratory by Brian S. Blais. DOI: 10.1119/1.5145420




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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.