May 2018 issue of The Physics Teacher


Volume 56 Issue 5, May 2018

The Physics Teacher

This month's cover is a close-up of the striking wrinkly pattern that results when aluminum foil is placed between colliding steel spheres. For further details, see the article by James Rohr, Si-Yin Wang, and Vitali Nesterenko, “Ripples” in an Aluminum Pool?.




Letters to the Editor

Air drag in the projectile lab by Philip Blanco. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033863

Keeping our readers in suspense by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033864

Constructive ideas for destructive interference by Marshall Ellenstein. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033865

Hawley’s response by Scott Hawley. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033866

TPT Refrees

Thank you to our TPT referees, March 16, 2017-March 15, 2018. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033874


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


Model PET Scan Activity by Amber Strunk, Jennifer Gazdovich, Oriane Redouté, Juan Manuel Reverte more.... DOI: 10.1119/1.5033868

“Ripples” in an Aluminum Pool? by James Rohr, Si-Yin Wang, and Vitali F. Nesterenko. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033869

“Physics Stories”: How the Early Technologies of High Voltage and High Vacuum Led to “Modern Physics” by Thomas B. Greenslade Jr. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033870

Baseball Physics: A New Mechanics Lab by Kasey Wagoner, and Daniel Flanagan. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033871

A Bullet-Block Experiment that Explains the Chain Fountain by J. Pantaleone, and R. Smith. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033872

Newtonian Analysis of a Folded Chain Drop by Carl E. Mungan. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033873

Using the Cycloid as an Introduction to Transformations of E and B Fields by Marc Frodyma and My Phuong Le. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033875

The Electromotive Force in Different Reference Frames by Charles L. Adler. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033876

Learning Abstract Physical Concepts from Experience: Design and Use of an RC Circuit by Alfredo Parra, Jorge Ordenes, and Milton de la Fuente. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033878

Promoting Reflective Physics Teaching Through the Use of Collaborative Learning Annotation System by Marina Milner-Bolotin. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033879

Things One Can Learn by Putting a Quadcopter in a Vacuum Chamber by Eric Ayars, Tori Goff, and Kirk Williams. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033880

Reading Maxwell in Conceptual Physics by Scott W. Bonham. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033881

Some Pros and Cons of Laptop Use in Class by R. W. Harris. DOI: 10.1119/1.5033882

Additional Resources

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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.


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