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the Physics Teacher, April 2018 issue

Volume 56 Issue 4, April 2018

The Physics Teacher

This month's cover suggests a Russian doll metaphor for the canonical particle hierarchy—inside molecules are atoms, which house nuclei, which consist of protons and neutrons, which are composed of quarks and gluons ... but what lurks within? For some clues, see “And So Ad Infinitum: The Search for Quark and Lepton Substructure” by Don Lincoln. (cover art by Reidar Hahn, Fermilab)



Journal TOC Archive

Letters to the Editor

Teaching the Bohr atom by Ken Ford. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028224

Recombining rainbows by Kirk McDonald. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028225

More about moiré by Carlos H. Wörner. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028226

Erratum: to February “Figuring Physics” answer. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028227

AAPT Awards

Homer L. Dodge Citations for Distinguished Service to AAPT. DOI: 10.1119/1.5025283


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


Projectile Motion Hoop Challenge by Connor Jordan, Amy Dunn, Zachary Armstrong, and Wendy K. Adams. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028229

And So Ad Infinitum: The Search for Quark and Lepton Substructure by Don Lincoln. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028231

Using Elementary Mechanics to Estimate the Maximum Range of ICBMs by Joseph Amato. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028232

In Praise of the Catenary by F. Behroozi. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028233

Clash of Harmonics in Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring by Michael J. Ruiz. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028234

Two Balls’ Collision of Mass Ratio 3:1 by Yasuo Ogawara, and Michael M. Hull. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028235

A Pictorial Approach to Lenz’s Law by Andrew Duffy. DOI:  10.1119/1.5028236

A Classroom Activity for Teaching Electric Polarization of Insulators and Conductors by Christos Deligkaris. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028237

The Graphics Tablet – A Valuable Tool for the Digital STEM Teacher by Jeff Stephens. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028238

Accessing High Spatial Resolution in Astronomy Using Interference Methods by Cyril Carbonel, Sébastien Grasset, and Jean Maysonnave. DOI: /10.1119/1.5028239

Flawed Applications of Bernoulli’s Principle by Panagiotis Koumaras, and Georgios Primerakis. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028240

Campus as a Living Laboratory for Sustainability: The Physics Connection by Timothy Lindstrom, and Catherine Middlecamp. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028242

Interesting Guided-Inquiry Labs for a Large-Enrollment, Active Learning Physics II Course by Kasey Wagoner, K. Mairin Hynes, and Daniel Flanagan. DOI: /10.1119/1.5028243

Fluids Demonstrations: Trailing Vortices, Plateau Border, Angle of Repose, and Flow Instability by Said Shakerin. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028244

Thorium and Molten Salt Reactors: Essential Questions for Classroom Discussions by Gregory A. DiLisi, Allison Hirsch, Meredith Murray, and Richard Rarick. DOI: 10.1119/1.5028245

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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.

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