The Physics Teacher September 2023

The Physics Teacher


September 2023
Volume 61 Issue 6

This month's cover upends the usual Western Hemisphere-centric perspective for 2D Earth images, adding colorful temperature indicators and stream lines representing wind patterns on Earth’s surface. See the article “A Tool for Exploring Our Fluid Earth” by Jason Cervenec, Geddy Davis, Michael T. Gravina, and Daniel Hamilton for details about accessing similar fascinating images.



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.


Climate change and sustainability in physics class? by Gary White. DOI: 10.1119/10.0020774

Thank You to Our Referees June 1, 2022–May 31, 2023. DOI: 10.1119/5.0160433


AAPT awards. DOI: 10.1119/5.0167562


Let’s stop centrifugal force by C. H. Wörner. DOI: 10.1119/5.0146139

Comment on “Pulling a spool” by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/5.0148218

Comment on “Transformer impedance reflection demonstration” by Leonid Minkin. DOI: 10.1119/5.0141878

Erratum: “Geometric Optical Experiments Using Water Mixed by with Highlighter Ink,” Phys. Teach. 60, 765–767 (2022) Yu Chen. DOI: 10.1119/5.0164691


Energy in Its Material and Social Context: Power Plants by Rachel E. Scherr; Lane Seeley; Kara E. Gray. DOI: 10.1119/5.0111211

A Tool for Exploring Our Fluid Earth by Jason M. Cervenec; Geddy Davis; Michael T. Gravina; Daniel Hamilton. DOI: 10.1119/5.0132110

The Amazing Kinematics of a Chain Passing over a Sprocket Wheel by Vladimir Ivchenko. DOI: 10.1119/5.0090382

Hands-on Model for Investigating Entropy and Disorder in the Classroom by T. Ryan Rogers. DOI: 10.1119/5.0089761

Energy Losses in a Bouncing Ball by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/5.0082662

Beyond Solar Cookers: Modeling and Designing Concentrated Solar Power as Engineering Projects in Physics Classrooms by Charles Xie. DOI: 10.1119/5.0090548

Physics Teaching, Climate Change, and the Fossil Fuel-Dominated Energy System—Diagrams to Enhance Teaching Energy in Physics by Kathleen Marie Saul; John H. Perkins. DOI: 10.1119/5.0137138

Building Physics Apparatus for Children by Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr. DOI: 10.1119/5.0088001

Symmetrical Cubic Arrangements of Resistors: An Experimental Approach by Leonardo Motta; Antonio Carlos Fontes dos Santos. DOI: 10.1119/5.0063764

Using Whole-Class Data to Show the Value of Multiple Measurements by Keaton James Bailey; Chuck Yeung. DOI: 10.1119/5.0082931

Variable Focal Length Lenses Made of Gelatin by Yu Jin Ahn; Hee Ra Kim; Yu Chen; Ji Hyun Kim; Hyukjoon Choi; Jung Bog Kim. DOI: 10.1119/5.0084702

Exploring Newton’s Second Law and Kinetic Friction Using the Accelerometer Sensor in Smartphones by David Rakestraw; Denvir Higgins; Donte Harris; Mitchell Allen; Eddie Red; Dawson Lang; Maria Gamez; David A. Strubbe. DOI: 10.1119/5.0067422

Motion of a Ball Rolled over a Shallow Step by Keith Zengel; Lauren Boehnert. DOI: 10.1119/5.0089423

Wind and Sun by David C. Wirth. DOI: 10.1119/5.0136535

Subtractive Primary Color Separation with a Prism? by Seungjin Kim; Jiwon Lee. DOI: 10.1119/5.0082188

Physics Experiments Using an Automatically Controlled Model Train and Mobile Ultrasonic Sensor for a Smartphone by Akira Adachi. DOI: 10.1119/5.0086941

How Does Our Solar System Work? Tracking Planetary Motion in the Classroom by Using Video Analysis in Astronomical Model Experiments by Alexander Arshewizkij; Dennis Schöneberg; Paul Schlummer; Malte S. Ubben; Alexander Pusch. DOI: 10.1119/5.0072740

A Taxonomy for Physics Teachers’ Practice by Javier Alejandro Baeza; Gloria Alma Contreras; Nicolas Fernandez. DOI: 10.1119/5.0069341

Discovering the Laws of Gases with a Manometer Based on Arduino by Athanasios Gkourmpis. DOI: 10.1119/5.0084657

Enlightening Visualizations of Partially Filled Dielectric Capacitors by Chen Xuan. DOI: 10.1119/5.0131656

Transdisciplinary Adventures in a Physics Classroom: Teaching Climate Change by Vandana Singh. DOI: 10.1119/5.0137144

The Physics of Limits by Thomas W. Murphy. DOI: 10.1119/5.0134159

Are There Simple Models of Global Warming? by Spencer R. Weart. DOI: 10.1119/5.0128940

Connecting Energy and Electricity Instruction to Local Environmental Justice Issues by Nora Paul-Schultz; Kara E. Gray; Rachel E. Scherr. DOI: 10.1119/5.0127461

Practice CO2 Data Analysis for General Education Students by Jennifer L. Carter. DOI: 10.1119/5.0132684

Magnetic Levitation for the Classroom and Laboratory by Michael P. McCaughey. DOI: 10.1119/5.0018830

Closing the Feedback Loop with Mastery Tasks by Geoffrey Lee-Dadswell; Fraser Cunningham Turner. DOI: 10.1119/5.0069535

Preparation for Future Active Learning by Eric W. Burkholder; Mason Sake; Jiamin Zhang. DOI: 10.1119/5.0096237