The Physics Teacher,March 2022

The Physics Teacher

March 2022
Volume 60 Issue 3

Demonstrating Birefringence Using a Smartphone Camera

This month's cover colorfully reveals hidden stresses in plastic spoons via polarized light from a computer screen. See details on in “Demonstrating Birefringence Using a Smartphone Camera” by Chokchai Puttharugsa et al., the latest installment in the “Little Gems” column, edited by Chris Chiaverina.


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.


Peter Froehle remembered by Charles H. Miller. DOI: 10.1119/5.0085665

More astronauts who went to the Moon by Frank Daniel Lock. DOI: 10.1119/5.0084463

Response to the paper “Leaving the ‘One True Path’: Teaching physics without single correct answers” by Eugenia Etkina and Gorazd Planinšič. DOI: 10.1119/5.0077864

An estimation of an article by Terrence Toepker. DOI: 10.1119/5.0073866


Share It, Don’t Split It: Can Equitable Group Work Improve Student Outcomes? by Danny Doucette and Chandralekha Singh. DOI: 10.1119/5.0033824

Would Usain Bolt Beat the Dinosaur Dilophosaurus by Wetherilli in a 100-Meter Race by Scott A. Lee. DOI: 10.1119/5.0041057

Infusing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Throughout Our Physics Curriculum: (Re)defining What It Means to Be a Physicist by Martha-Elizabeth Baylor, Jessica R. Hoehn and Noah Finkelstein. DOI: 10.1119/5.0032998

Jumping Off a Merry-Go-Round by Terrence Toepker. DOI: 10.1119/5.0023995

Providing Context for Identifying Effective Introductory Mechanics Courses by Jayson M. Nissen, Ian Her Many Horses, Ben Van Dusen, Manher Jariwala and Eleanor Close. DOI: 10.1119/5.0023763

A Two-Tiered Strategy to Help Students Assess Their Answers to Physics Problems by Jeffrey Marx. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009685

Teaching Quantum Computing to High School Students by Ciaran Hughes, Joshua Isaacson, Jessica Turner, Anastasia Perry and Ranbel Sun. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009686

Using “Limits to Growth” Modeling Software in an Environmental Physical Science Lab by Hauke Busch. DOI: 10.1119/5.0028078

An Inquiry Approach to Effective Use of Instrumentation: An Example from RC Circuits by G. Harvey, M. Gilday and T. J. Kelly. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009687

A Skateboarding Experiential Learning Activity for Introductory Physics by Liang Zeng, Guang Zeng, Oscar Guerrero and George Garcia. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009688

Measuring the Magnetic Field Vector of Earth by Leonid Minkin and Daniel Sikes. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009689

Exploring Historical Scientific Instruments by Using Mobile Media Devices by Aurelio Agliolo Gallitto, Onofrio Rosario Battaglia, Giuseppe Cavallaro, Giuseppe Lazzara, Lorenzo Lisuzzo and Claudio Fazio. DOI: 10.1119/5.0032111

Demonstrating Mechanical Beats on Phosphorescent Foil in Real Time by Panagiotis Lazos, Anastasios Nezis and Nikolaos Kyriazopoulos. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009690

Understanding Aristotle’s Wheel Paradox from the Viewpoint of Motion Decomposition by Huiling Xu, Xun-Wang Yan and Yanyun Wang. DOI: 10.1119/5.0055440

A Single Photo for Calibration and Measurement: A Low-Cost Spectrometry Setup by J. Pfaender, L.M. Gratton, T. Rosi, P. Onorato and M. Malgieri. DOI: 10.1119/10.0009691

Comment on “Tilting Motion and the Moment of Inertia of the Smartphone” by Peter F. Hinrichsen. DOI: 10.1119/5.0061475

Looking Up: Observational Astronomy for Everyone by Michael Noble Farney. DOI: 10.1119/5.0019979


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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.