December 2019 issue of The Physics Teacher


The Physics Teacher

Volume 57 Issue 9, December 2019


Two Looks at the Periodic Table. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135791

This month's cover celebrates the 150th anniversary of the periodic table! The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements. We did not want the big event to go unmarked here at TPT, and we are celebrating the “physical” elements as well. See the centerfold for two creative looks at the periodic table. (Cover art by Diane Lincoln) 





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A PVC Geodesic Dome Planetarium by Jeff Regester and Courtney McGahee. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135781

Electrocardiography with a Smartphone by Lars-Jochen Thoms, Giuseppe Colicchia, Bianca Watzka and Raimund Girwidz. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135782

Simulation of the Gravitational Lensing Effect of Galactic Dark Matter Halos Using 3D Printing Technology by Jun Su, Weiguo Wang, Xu Wang and Feng Song. DOI: /10.1119/1.5135783

Polarization Imaging Application with Smartphones by Peizheng Yan, Haojie Xia, Jianquan Li, Yonghong Wang, Yongqing Wei, Feng Ji and Shuangbao Shu. DOI: /10.1119/1.5135784

Electric Circuits as Seen by Thermal Imaging Cameras by Petr Kácovský. DOI: /10.1119/1.5135785

Fluids Demonstrations II: Bubbles in Mondrian Painting, Eruption-Like Flow, Rotational Instability, and Wake Vortices by Said Shakerin. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135786

Video Game Vignettes and More in the Classroom by David Rosengrant, Philip Money, Tracey Beyer and Berkil Alexander. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135787

Quick-and-Dirty Item Response Theory by Gerd Kortemeyer. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135788

Imaging and Studying Standing Waves with a Homemade Melde-type Apparatus and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by G. Bozzo, F. de Sabata, S. Pistori and F. Monti. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135790

An Authentic Research Project in Animal Behavior as an Introductory Physics Laboratory Exercise by Chamaree de Silva, Jeffrey Pullen, Katharine Northcutt and Jarred Jenkins. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135792

Studying Avogadro’s Law with Arduino by Antonio A. Moya. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135793

Exploring Friction with the Ancient Egyptians by Susan M. Renner and Daniel D. Schwert. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135794

Applying Structural Mathematics in Physics: Case of Parallel Connection by Andrzej Sokolowski. DOI: /10.1119/1.5135795

Frequency and Pitch by B. H. Suits. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135796

Exploring Magnetic Resonance with a Compass by Esther Cookson, David Nelson, Michael Anderson, Igor Barsukov and Daniel L. McKinney. DOI: /10.1119/1.5135797

The Influence of Surface Temperature on the Coefficient of Static Friction by Milentije Lukovic. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135798

Surface Tension Measured with Arduino by Alem-Mar B. Goncalves, Welica P. S. Freitas, Diogo D. Reis, Cicero R. Cena, Diego C. B. Alves and Doroteia F. Bozano. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135800

Making Future Researchers: Internship Opportunities for Physics Students by Don Lincoln, Spencer Pasero and Rebecca Thompson. DOI: 10.1119/1.5135801


Race and Physics Teaching Collection Resource

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.