The Physics Teacher, May 2021


The Physics Teacher

Volume 59 Issue 5

May 2021 Gallery View

This Month's Cover...depicts scenes and individuals from past face-to-face AAPT meetings, strikingly evocative and carefree, respectively (or at least so it seems to this editor after more than a year of near hibernation due to the COVID pandemic). Thanks to AAPT staffers Ashauni Lennox for the expert photography and to Jane Chambers for the excellent design for this cover image. – Gary D. White

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And the Survey Says..., Astronotes, Figuring Physics, 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.


May 2021 Gallery View DOI: 10.1119/10.0004873


Thank you to our referees: April 1, 2020–April 7, 2021 DOI: 10.1119/10.0004874

Visualizing Fluid Flow Around a Baseball Using Water Instead of Air by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004875

Using Math in Physics: Overview by Edward F. Redish. DOI: 10.1119/5.0021129

Using Universal Design for Learning to Support Students with Disabilities in a SCALE-UP Physics Course Westley James, by James H. Cooney, Jacquelyn J. Chini, Eleazar Vasquez III and Jillian Schreffler. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004878

Hollywood Movie Physics to Personalize Assessments by Kurtz K. Miller. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004879

Balloon-borne Solar Radiation Measurements During the 2017 North American Eclipse by William V. Slaton and Elaine Jeffery. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004880

Three Redshifts: Doppler, Cosmological, and Gravitational by Silvia Simionato. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004881

Using the Naked Eye to Analyze Polarized Light From a Smartphone by L.-J. Thoms, G. Colicchia and R. Girwidz. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004882

What Physics Students Can Learn from the Wright Brothers by Brian R. Page. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004883

Faraday’s Law Low-Cost Experiment Without Permanent Magnets by Daniel T. M. Fontes and André Machado Rodrigues. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004884

Beyond the Magnetic Field of a Finite Wire: A Teaching Approach Using the Superposition Principle by Jorge Enrique García-Farieta and Alejandro Hurtado Márquez. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004885

Designing Laboratories for Online Instruction Using the iOLab Device by Louis Leblond and Melissa Hicks. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004886

Sap Is Clever? Sap Ascent for Undergraduates Investigated with an Artificial Tree Video Abstract Icon by Sergio González-Cámara, Soledad Sanz-Alférez, Maria-Isabel Orús and Jose-Ramón Ares. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004887

Water Leakage from a Rotating Cylindrical Tank by Ranko Martin Artuković and Mirko Marušić. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004888

Conductors, Insulators, and Solar Cells: A Simple Introduction by Girolamo Di Francia. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004889

A Long-Range Sunlight-Resistant Photogate by Michael Paul McCaughey and Madison Henderson. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004891

Using iPads for Video Analysis Physics Labs in Times of Social Isolation by K. P. Trout, Mark Adkins, Jennifer Bekker, Alexis Harlacher, Frandy Ramirez, Andrew Swingler and Chase Wagner. DOI: /10.1119/10.0004893

Using Reflection from a Pane of Glass to Copy a Drawing by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/10.0004894


Race and Physics Teaching Collection Resource
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.