The Physics Teacher_September 2020 issue


The Physics Teacher

Volume 58 Issue 6

September 2020


Sex, Gender, and Physics Teaching, Continued

This month's cover provides a glimpse of a physics class continuing the conversation about “Sex, Gender, and Physics Teaching” that was started with our May 2020 issue of TPT. The articles marked with the pink and gray thumbnail image are part of the special collection. (cover art by Jen Geanakos)

Since August 1, 2014, the submission process for articles for The Physics Teacher has required authors to submit their article and cover letter at this website:  Starting June 10, 2020, the submission process for articles for The Physics Teacher will change.   On or after June 10th, authors should submit their article and cover letter at this website:   



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


Sex, Gender, and Physics Teaching, Continued by Gary White and Geraldine L. Cochran. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001823


Ground rainbows: A cautionary tale for authors and editors alike by Markus Selmke. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001824

Rainbows not due to total internal reflection by Jukka O. Mattila. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001825

Special relativity algebra by Edw. S. Ginsberg. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001826

When order matters by William Brian Lane. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001827


Recommendations for emergency remote teaching based on the student experience by Bethany Wilcox and Michael Vignal. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001828


Why Aren’t More Theories Named After Women? Teaching Women’s History in Physics by Beth Parks. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001830

Parenting and Physics: How to Support Physics Students Who Are Raising Children by Rose Young. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001831

Rolling Soup Cans Down an Inclined Plane by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001832

An Approach to a Physical Understanding of Color Mixing by Tina Schulze, Günter Quast, Antje Bergmann and Roman Dengler. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001833

The Mass of Hatchling Tyrannosaur and Sauropod Dinosaurs by Joshua D. Thomas, Scott A. Lee, Max Cooley and Richard E. Irving. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001834

Sex and Gender as Non-binary: What Does this Mean for Physics Teachers? by Adrienne Traxler and Jennifer Blue. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001835

Gender, Self-Assessment, and Classroom Experiences in AP Physics 1 by Marta R. Stoeckel. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001836

Seeing Is Believing: Demonstrating the RC Time Constant Visually by M. Qasim Syed and Ian Lovatt. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001837

Development of an Energy Science Curriculum by P.-M. Binder, Topaz P. Collins and Kristal Blacksmith. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001838

Ya Basic: Examining the Duality of Minority-Serving Conference Experiences by Xandria R. Quichocho. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001839

Betting on Better Buoyancy? Be Careful What You Wish For by Wilson J. González-Espada and Brooke S. Jones. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001861

Catapult Description of Magnetic Fields and Forces by Martin McCall, Paul Kinsler and Vijay Tymms. DOI: /10.1119/10.0001840

Using Arduino Uno Microcontroller to Create Interest in Physics by Amtul Mujeeb Chaudry. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001841

Determining Transistor Characteristics with Arduino by Fatih Önder, Esra Bilal Önder and Mehmet Oğur. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001842

Physics in Chavruta – A Model for Supporting Early Career Teachers by Shulamit Kapon and Alina Colton. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001843

Active Learning in an Inequitable Learning Environment Can Increase the Gender Performance Gap: The Negative Impact of Stereotype Threat by Alexandru Maries, Nafis I. Karim and Chandralekha Singh. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001844

A Low-Cost 3D Printed Meterstick Caliper Jaw by Steve Campolo. DOI: 10.1119/10.0001845


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.