American Journal of Physics, May 2016

May 2016 Theme Issue

Relativity and Gravitation — Contemporary Research and Teaching of Einstein's Physics 

Guest Editors: Dean A. Zollman and Duncan Brown

This month's cover image is from the featured paper, Empirical exploration of timelike geodesics   around a rotating wormhole by Thomas Müller and Oliver Fechtig.  DOI: 10.1119/1.4943250

Guest Editorial by Dean Zollman and Duncan Brown. DOI: 10.1119/1.4943960


Visualizing relativity: The Open Relativity Project, an Open Access paper by Zachary W. Sherin, Ryan Cheu, Philip Tan and Gerd Kortemeyer.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4938057

Clarifying possible misconceptions in the foundations of general relativity by Harvey R. Brown and James Read.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4943264

Using graphical and pictorial representations to teach introductory astronomy students about the detection of extrasolar planets via gravitational microlensing   by Colin S. Wallace, Timothy G. Chambers, Edward E. Prather and Gina Brissenden.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4943035/


Relativity on rotated graph paper   by Roberto B. Salgado.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4943251

Einstein's lecture in Pittsburgh, PA, December 1934: A note on further visual documentation by David Topper and Dwight Vincent.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4942904

Using worksheets to solve the Einstein equation by Thomas A. Moore.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4939908

Empirical exploration of timelike geodesics around a rotating wormhole by Thomas Müller and Oliver Fechtig.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4943250

The relativistic gamma factor from Newtonian mechanics and Einstein's equivalence of mass and energy by Daniel J. Cross.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4941828

The Coriolis field by L. Filepe Costa and José Natário.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4938056

Why does a ball fall?: A new visualization for Einstein's model of gravity by Roy R. Gouldo.   DOI: 10.1119/1.4939927


Additional Resources

In celebration of the announcement regarding detection of gravitational waves AAPT created a new resource: Gravitational Waves: Articles previously published in American Journal of Physics and The Physics Teacher.  If you missed the collection, enjoy it now and share it with your students.