The Physics Teacher January 2022 issue

The Physics Teacher

January 2022
Volume 60 Issue 1

The Sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic: A Case Study in Thermal Inversion and Atmospheric Refraction Phenomena

This month's cover features a dramatic “superior mirage” of a cruise ship thought to be caused by a temperature inversion off the coast of Cornwall, England. This photograph was taken by David Medlock on March 7, 2021, but similar conditions might have played a role in the Titanic disaster.


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.


Remembering Michael Collins by Gregory Anthony DiLisi. DOI: 10.1119/5.0071104

Article about coherer applauded by William H. Baird. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009098


Physics in James Joyce’s Ulysses by Harry Manos. DOI: 10.1119/5.0028832

The Sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic: A Case Study in Thermal Inversion and Atmospheric Refraction Phenomena by Gregory A. DiLisi. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009099

Pictures of Signs in Sea Waves by Nada Razpet and Tomaz Kranjc. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009100

Using Math in Physics: 5. Functional dependence by Edward Redish. DOI: 10.1119/5.0040055

Collision of a Happy Ball with an Unhappy Ball by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009101

Science Conferences: A Pathway for Enacting the NGSS by Brian M. Wargo. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009103

The Sound of a Laser Blaster: Acoustic Dispersion in Metal Springs Analyzed with Mobile Devices and Open-Source PC Audio Software by Kim Ludwig-Petsch, Michael Hirth and Jochen Kuhn. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009104

Arons at Amherst by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009105

Going “All Quantitative” While Teaching About Light and Stars in Introductory Astronomy by Michael LoPresto. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009106

Steady-State Velocity of a Chain Falling from the Edge of a Table by Juan Rodriguez, Becky Tang, Marcos H. Martin, Adrin Irias, Amani Adel, Sebastian Zaldivar, Abel A. Carvajal, Camila Gallardo and Wojciech J. Walecki. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009107

Enriching Resource Rooms for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Case of Transparent, Semi-Transparent, and Non-Transparent Concepts by Sibel Er Nas, Hava Ipek Akbulut and Muammer Çalık. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009108

Mission to Mars — Concept and Implementation of a Design-Based (Hands-On) Smartphone Experiment Helping Students Understand the Effects Caused by Differences in Air Pressure by Sebastian J. Spicker, Alexander Küpper and André Bresges. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009109

A Novel Method for Measurement of the Refractive Indices of Transparent Solid Media Using Laser Interferometry by Arnab Pal, Pradipta Panchadhyayee, Kriti R. Sahu and Debapriyo Syam. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009110

Gaussian Formula for Ray Tracing in Lenses and Mirrors by Nuri Balta. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009111

Two Accelerating Clocks: A Relativistic Thought Experiment by Adam Neat. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009112

Improving the Wilson Cloud Chamber Using Peltier Chips by Le Anh Duc, Nguyen Minh Duy, Nguyen Quoc B, Tran Ngoc Chat and Nguyen Ngoc Hung. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009113

Sound Wave Propagation from Underdamped Free Oscillation of Metallic Cantilever Beams by Hendra Jaya Tarigan. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009114


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.