Volume 54 Issue 9, December 2016
The Physics Teacher
This month's cover appears to feature a snowflake atop a rainbow spire, yet there's something fishy about this beautiful ice-crystal-on-bubble image by Daniela Rapava. What clues can you find that hint at the natural orientation of the cover image and of this month's Visual Physics entry?
ColumnsFiguring Physics, Little Gems, Astronotes, Physics Challenge for Teachers and Students, Fermi Questions, Visual Physics, IPHYSICSLABS, and Websights.
Whistling Tea Kettles, Train Whistles, and Organ Pipes by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967886
The Chappaquiddick Incident by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967887
100 Years of Attempts to Transform Physics Education by Valerie K. Otero and David E. Meltzer. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967888
More than Meets the Eye –Infrared Cameras in Open-Ended University Thermodynamics Labs by Emil Melander, Jesper Haglund, Matthias Weiszflog and Staffan Andersson. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967889
Reflections on a Disco Ball by Jair Lúcio Prados Ribeiro. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967890
And the Survey Says …U.S. Public High Schools and Number of Seniors Enrolled, Academic Year 2013-14 by Susan C. White. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967891
The Atomic Origin of the Reflection Law by Kjell Prytz. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967892
Virtual Ray Tracing as a Conceptual Tool for Image Formation in Mirrors and Lenses by Lasse Heikkinen, Antti Savinainen and Markku Saarelainen. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967893
Kinematics Card Sort Activity: Insight into Students' Thinking by Erin Berryhill, Deborah Herrington and Keith Oliver. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967894
Visualization of Harmonic Series in Resonance Tubes Using a Smartphone by Rosly Jaafar, Shahrul Kadri Ayop, Ahmad Tarmimi Ismail@Illias, Kok Keng Hon, Anis Nazihah Mat Daud and Mohd Helmy Hashim. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967895
Getting Hooked on Physics! by M. McHugh and V. McCauley. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967896
At the Limit: Introducing Energy with Human Senses by Lisa Stinken, Stefan Heusler and Hans-Otto Carmesin. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967897
Buoys and Springs–Building Connections Between Math and Physics by Amanda C. Tenhoff, Adam J. Gerenz and Jeffrey A. Jalkio. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967898
The Wire Balance by Benjamin Oostra. DOI: 10.1119/1.4967899
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.