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February 2019 issue of The Physics Teacher

Volume 56 Issue 2, February 2018

The Physics Teacher

This month's cover features two naturally occurring heart shapes, an acoustic cardioid tucked inside a fractal valentine. The latter image, the Mandelbrot set in vivid red and black, is by Matthias Hauser (Fine Art America: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/matthias-hauser.html);for more about the former, see Visualizing Sound Directivity via Smartphone Sensors by Scott H. Hawley and Robert E. McClain Jr.



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Letters to the Editor

Encouraging women in STEM: What is a teacher to do? by Marianna Ruggerio. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021425

You gotta be kidding by Howard C. Hayden. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021426

Energy transfer by a wave transmitted from one nondissipative system to another by Carl Mungan. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021427

Mishra’s response by Subodha Mishra. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021428


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


Two-Dimensional Light Diffraction from an EPROM Chip by Tom Ekkens. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021429

Visualizing Sound Directivity via Smartphone Sensors by Scott H. Hawley, and Robert E. McClain Jr. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021430

A Fan-tastic Quantitative Exploration of Ohm’s Law by Brandon Mitchell, Robert Ekey, Roy McCullough, and William Reitz. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021431

Backpack Weight and the Scaling of the Human Frame – II by Michael J. O’Shea. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021432

The Indeterminate Case of Classical Static Friction When Coupled with Tension by Kenneth D. Hahn, and Jacob M. Russell. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021433

Reflective Writing for a Better Understanding of Scientific Concepts in High School by Joseph El-Helou, and Calvin S. Kalman. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021434

Emotional Component in Teaching and Learning by Michael Ponnambalam. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021435

Simple Examples of the Interpretation of Changes in Kinetic and Potential Energy Under Galilean Transformations by Edw. S. Ginsberg. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021436

Periscope: Looking into Learning in Best-Practices Physics Classrooms by Rachel E. Scherr, and Renee Michelle Goertzen. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021437

The Magnetic Field Along the Axis of a Short, Thick Solenoid by Francis Xavier Hart. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021438

Science at Home: Measuring a Thermophysical Property of Water with a Microwave Oven by Zachary H. Levine. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021439

A DIY Ultrasonic Signal Generator for Sound Experiments by Ihab F. Riad. DOI: 10.1119/1.5021441

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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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