September 2018 tPT TOC


Volume 56 Issue 6, September 2018


The Physics Teacher

This month's cover is Lindsay Olson’s rendering of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, using various textiles along with images suggestive of cloud chamber tracks, dark matter networks, and galactic clusters. She and Don Lincoln have co-written a celebration of ”The Beauty of Physics.



Letters to the Editor

What do you do on the first day of class? by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051137.

Orbital speed of a satellite due to gravity by Carl E. Mungan. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051138.

Erratum: Air drag in the projectile lab. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051139.


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


The Two-Bullet Problem with Constant Magnitude Drag Force by Jennifer L. Burris, Brooke C. Hester, and Karl C. Mamola. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051140.

The Beauty of Physics by Don Lincoln, and Lindsay Olson. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051141.

Motion Detectors Used in Measuring Heat Expansion by Ross Gunderson. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051142.

Even Liquids Are Magnetic: Observation of the Moses Effect and the Inverse Moses Effect by Daniel Laumann. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051143.

On the Importance of Engaging Students in Crafting Definitions by Angela Little, and Leslie Atkins Elliott. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051144.

Basic Physics of Vehicle Acceleration by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051145.

Power Boxes: New Representation for Analyzing DC Circuits by Daryl McPadden, Jason Dowd, and Eric Brewe. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051147.

On Times and Shadows: The Observational Analemma by Alejandro Gangui, Cecilia Lastra, and Fernando Karaseur. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051148.

A Simple Alternative to the Phone Book Friction Demonstration by Francisco Vera, Nicolas Fernandez, and Manuel Ortiz. DOI: /10.1119/1.5051149.

What the CO2 Siphon Tells Us by William Jumper, and Simthyrearch. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051150.

The Sverdrup: The Non- SI Unit of Large-Scale Volume Transport Over the Globe by Dulli Chandra Agrawal. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051151.

A Simple Way to Teach Single Slit Diffraction Based on Edge Diffraction by Bettina Teng, Peter Teng, and Charles H. Hennekens. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051152.

Concurrent and Coplanar Forces that Are in Equilibrium by Ker Liang Goh. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051153.

Graphic Representation of Quasi-Static Heat Exchange by Roberto Rojas, and Patricio Robles. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051154.

Lightning Detection with SPICE by Padraig Houlahan. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051155.

Wi-Fi-based Wireless Sensors for Data Acquisition by William C. Bensky. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051157.

The Conical Pendulum Driven with a LEGO® Stepper Motor by John J. Lynch. DOI: 10.1119/1.5051158.


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.