October 2022 TPT Cover

The Physics Teacher

October 2022
Volume 60 Issue 7

Is Physics in Crisis? The Mystery of the W Boson

This Month’s Cover... features Fermilab’s Wilson Hall and reflecting pool. The CDF (Collider Detector at Fermilab) experimental collaboration recently released its final measurement of the mass of the W boson. For more information, see Don Lincoln’s article, “Is Physics in Crisis? The Mystery of the W Boson.”

Photo Credit: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab


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.


Comments on Just Physics?—“The game of grades and the hidden curriculum”, by Don McCarthy. DOI: 10.1119/5.0099775

Molecular appreciation!, by Paul Hewitt. DOI: 10.1119/10.0014296


An appreciation of Pam Aycock, by Gary White. DOI: 10.1119/10.0014298


AAPT awards. DOI: 10.1119/10.0014299


Is Physics in Crisis? The Mystery of the W Boson by Don Lincoln. DOI: 10.1119/5.0120900

Magnetic Poles: A Missing Manual by Wayne Mark Saslow. DOI: 10.1119/5.0079043

Measuring and Modeling the Force between Permanent Magnets by Edward Russell Forringer. DOI: 10.1119/5.0058797

From Balancing a Stick to Tightrope Walking: How Added Mass Influences the Act of Balancing by Leonid Minkin and Anthony C. Zable. DOI: 10.1119/10.0014300

Teaching Room Acoustics by Douglas C. Orzolek and Shelley A. Blilie. DOI: 10.1119/5.0038523

A Microcontroller-Based Experiment to Determine the Magnetic Field Near a Straight Current-Carrying Wire by Fatih Önder, Esra Bilal Önder and Mehmet Ogur. DOI: 10.1119/5.0044498

Empowering Journey Making an Interactive Video Vignette by Egla Ochoa-Madrid, Lani Chau and Matthew Wright. DOI: 10.1119/5.0046043

In Service of Equity: 3D-Printed Models in University Introductory Physics by Brokk K. Toggerson. DOI: 10.1119/5.0042458

FPAT—A Framework for Facilitating the Teaching and Learning of Using Fermi Problems Originating in Mathematics Education Research by Jonas Bergman Ärlebäck and Lluís Albarracín. DOI: 10.1119/5.0040017

Online Course on Quantum Physics: Reading Primary Sources with Secondary School Students by Philipp Bitzenbauer and Tim Zenger. DOI: 10.1119/5.0054100

Online Radiation Experiment on Gamma-Ray Absorption from an Early Quack Device by Yugjeet S. Grewal, Raul Fernando Reynoso, Ruben Reyes, John R. Walkup and Michael A. Walkup. DOI: 10.1119/5.0033638

Dynamic Energy Transfer Models by Marcus Kubsch and Paul C. Hamerski. DOI: 10.1119/5.0037727

Demonstration of Thermoelectric Power Generation with a Thermoelectric Cooler by Rong Bai, Shuaishi Liu, Taiting Liu, Zhongbo Sun, Yufeng Lian and Keping Liu. DOI: 10.1119/10.0014301

Carbon Nanodots in Beer and Cola: An Interesting Way to Introduce Nanomaterials and Their Applications by Ngo Khoa Quang. DOI: 10.1119/5.0060951

Drawing the Light Paths at a |Lens to Find Its Effective Focal Length and Principal Planes by Shih-Hsin Ma, Jun-Yi Wu and Chun-Ming Chiang. DOI: 10.1119/5.0020125

A High-Speed Test of the Equivalence Principle by Hollis Williams. DOI: 10.1119/5.0038935

Speed of Sound Measurement Using an Ultrasonic Motion Detector by I. E. Santosa. DOI: 10.1119/10.0014302

Rethinking the Ideal Gas Law Using Graphs by Fei Wang. DOI: 10.1119/10.0014303

GPS-Synchronized Data Collection and Time Stamping by William Baird, Adrian Pizano and Jordan Ruff. DOI: 10.1119/10.0014304

Drop Tower Physics II by William A. (Toby) Dittrich. DOI: 10.1119/5.0098169

Measuring Mass with a Rubber Band and a Smartphone by Daniel Nichols. DOI: 10.1119/5.0032177


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Race and Physics Teaching Continued May 2020-January 2021

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.