The Physics Teacher, December 2022

The Physics Teacher

December 2022
Volume 60 Issue 9

This Month’s Cover...won 1st place in the Contrived Category of the 2022 AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest. Titled “The Color of Soap Bubbles,” this photograph was submitted by Kelly Zhang of Richmond Hills High School in New York (teacher: Julie Dean). The brilliant colors are produced through thin-film interference


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.


Human reaction time measurement using a smartphone by Praveen Pathak. DOI: 10.1119/5.0060546


Sunny with a Chance of Servos: Solar-Powered Arduinos by Tim Gfroerer, Michael Adenew and Ella Williams. DOI: 10.1119/5.0065597

Sun Photometry for Introductory Students by Tom Bensky. DOI: 10.1119/5.0062948

Wavelength-Dependent Solar Limb Darkening with Smartphones, Solar Projection, and Salsa by J Jennifer J. Birriel and Jacob M. Wagoner. DOI: 10.1119/5.0061547

Reflection on Slide Rules, Calculators, Log Tables, and Computers by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/5.0048346

If Your School Is Old Enough by Pierfrancesco Riccardi, Francesco Pellegrino and Vittorio Romano. DOI: 10.1119/5.0063023

Considerations for Inclusive and Equitable Design: The Case of STEP UP Counternarratives in HS Physics by Pooneh Sabouri, Zahra Hazari, Raina Khatri and Bree Barnett Dreyfuss. DOI: 10.1119/5.0056835

The Cross Diagram for Kinematics Problems by Daniel Wilhelm Sinkovits. DOI: 10.1119/5.0025832

Using a Simple Pendulum to Calculate the Distance Between Two Train Stations by Claire Tham, Robin Yeo, Visshal Natarajan, Tianqin Zhang, Jer-Ming Chen, Lakshminarasimhan Krishnaswamy and Da Yang Tan. DOI: 10.1119/5.0043205

Additional Experiments with the e/m Apparatus by Eugene Edward Nalence. DOI: 10.1119/5.0049112

Developing Playful Devices as a Tool to Learn and Teach Physics by Esther D. Gutiérrez M., Gabriel Barreto, Arturo Pazmino, Erick Lamilla Rubio and Eduardo Montero. DOI: 10.1119/5.0056442

Poggendorff’s Scales—Demonstration of Newton’s Laws in a Less Traditional Way by Tomáš Kekule. DOI: 10.1119/5.0057719

Experimental Justification of the Poggendorff Experiment by Ricardo Coelho. DOI: 10.1119/5.0049112

Geometric Optical Experiments Using Water Mixed with Highlighter Ink by Yu Chen, Hee Ra Kim, Yu Jin Ahn and Jung Bog Kim. DOI: 10.1119/5.0083795

A Simple Classroom Double Pendulum by Hollis Williams. DOI: 10.1119/5.0048051

Reparameterization of Two-Dimensional Projectile Motion by Olimpio Pereira de Sá Neto, Herbert José Aquino Sousa and Rafael Ferreira da Silva. DOI: 10.1119/5.0025372

Projectile Motion in Midair Using Simple Analytical Approximations by Peter Chudinov, Vladimir Eltyshev and Yuri Barykin. DOI: 10.1119/5.0053162

Reviewing the Link Between Young and Michelson Under COVID Lockdown by Damián Gulich. DOI: 10.1119/5.0050814

Take-Home Labs at the University of Chicago by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/5.0048345

Development of Operational Observation Tools for Modeling Spatial Division Patterns by Woo-Jin Oh, Hogul Park and Seoung-Hey Paik. DOI: 10.1119/5.0054026

A Remote Moment of Inertia Lab Using the iOLab Device by Vanessa Preisler, Esayas Shume and Jean Talbot. DOI: 10.1119/5.0047802


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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.