April 2017 issue of The Physics Teacher


Volume 55 Issue 4, April 2017


The Physics Teacher

This month's cover is a grand rendering of the physics unification landscape seen from a current perspective. Join the pursuit of "God's Thoughts: Practical Steps Toward a Theory of Everything."






And the Survey Says..., Figuring Physics, Trick of the Trade, iPhysicsLabs, Little Gems, Technology in the Classroom, Astronotes, Physics Challenge for Teachers and Students, Fermi Questions, Talkin' Physics, Visual Physics, and Websights.


Tie Goes to the Runner: The Physics and Psychology of a Close Play by David J. Starling, and Sarah J. Starling. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978711

God’s Thoughts: Practical Steps Toward a Theory of Everything by Don Lincoln. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978713

Mobile Phone Radiation and Cancer by Thomas Plotz. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978714

Analysis of an Unusual Mirror in a 16th-Century Painting: A Museum Exercise for Physics Students by Sudha Swaminathan, and Frank Lamelas. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978715

Two Types of Truth in the Physics Classroom by David Keeports. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978717

Rolling Uphill by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978718

Physics Instructional Resource Usage by High-, Medium-, and Low-Skilled MOOC Students by Trevor A. Balint, Raluca Teodorescu, Kimberly Colvin, Youn-Jeng Choi, and David Pritchard. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978719

Arduino-Based Data Acquisition into Excel, LabVIEW, and MATLAB by Daniel Nichols. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978720

Connecting Time and Frequency in the RC Circuit by A. A. Moya. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978721

Standing Waves in an Elastic Spring: A Systematic Study by Video Analysis by Daniel Rodrigues Ventura, Paulo Simeão de Carvalho, and Marco Adriano Dias. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978723

Can Newton’s Third Law Be “Derived” from the Second? Asim Gangopadhyaya, and James Harrington. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978725

The Four-Ball Gyro and Motorcycle Countersteering by J. Ronald Galli, and Bradley W. Carroll. DOI: 10.1119/1.4978726

Studying the Solar System Can Be More Than Just “Stamp Collecting” by Michael C. LoPresto. DOI:  10.1119/1.4978727


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