The Physics Teacher, March 2023

The Physics Teacher

March 2023
Volume 61 Issue 3

This month's cover showcases an image from, a new electrostatic simulator (see “Teaching electric fields with a simulation and game” by Colleen Countryman, Ted Karanja Mburu, and Liana Rodelli, page 170). These new tools are intended to complement and build upon the traditions established by Ruth Chabay’s Electric Field Hockey game and the PhET simulations, and feature options such as voltage “heat map” visualizations, dynamic vector field maps, and equipotential lines.


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.


Polarization by reflection by Carl E. Mungan. DOI: 10.1119/5.0142252

Electric vehicle efficiency and regenerative braking by William J. Layton. DOI: 10.1119/5.0124670

Erratum: “The Projectile Scattering Apparatus—A Modern Update to a Classic Experiment,” by Phys. Teach 61, 6–9 (Jan. 2023) Kurtis A. Fletcher, Nicole M. Lallier and Jack M. Masman. DOI: 10.1119/5.0142423


Homer L. Dodge Citations for Distinguished Service. DOI: 10.1119/5.0143917


The Resting Breathing Rate of the Dinosaur Plateosaurus trossingensis via Conservation of Energy by Scott Lee and Justyna Slowiak-Morkovina. DOI: /10.1119/5.0077948

Teaching Electric Fields with a Simulation and Game by Colleen Countryman, Ted Karanja Mburu and Liana Rodelli. DOI: /10.1119/5.0072538

Coulomb’s Law: Augmented Reality Simulation by Andrej Vidak, Iva Movre Šapić, Vladimir Dananić and Jadranko Batista. DOI: 10.1119/5.0076101

Effect of Angular Amplitude on the Result of a Pendulum Experiment by Meng Pan and Jie Zhang. DOI: /10.1119/5.0046992

Pulling a Spool by Carl E. Mungan. DOI: 10.1119/5.0042450

Refrigerator Magnet Investigation by Allison Daubert, Žan Jerman and Gorazd Planinsic. DOI: 10.1119/5.0068668

Discussing Electricity Based on the Video This Might Shock You: Downed Power Line by Luciano Denardin. DOI: 10.1119/5.0075921

Mind Control Helmet: A Fun Demonstration about Sound and Electromagnetism by Antonio Eff-Darwich and Adán Yanes-Gómez. DOI: 10.1119/5.0079318

Gauss Theorem and Pointlike Charges: When Infinitesimals Make the Difference by Antonio Agnesi. DOI: 10.1119/5.0075543

Some Thoughts about Longitudinal Wave Machines by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/5.0048347

Engaging Students from Introductory Physics Courses in Socio-scientific Debates by Maykell Julio de Souza Figueira and Roberto Nardi. DOI: 10.1119/5.0074342

Getting More Out of Midterm Assessments by Georg W. Rieger, Jess McIver, Silvia Mazabel, Sean Cooper and Gerwald Lichtenberg. DOI: 10.1119/5.0075793

Physics Figures by Chadwick Young and Kaisa Young. DOI: 10.1119/5.0068332

Simulating the Action Principle in Optics by Refath Bari. DOI: 10.1119/5.0053475

Testing a Bell Inequality with a Remote Quantum Processor by Jed Brody and Robert Avram. DOI: 10.1119/5.0069073

Spin Direction of a Hemispherical Object by Edy Wibowo, Sutisna, Naily Ulya and Mamat Rokhmat. DOI: 10.1119/5.0048889

Using a Spreadsheet Program to Fit a Gaussian Function by Michael W. Ray. DOI: 10.1119/5.0063278


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