November 2017 issue of The Physics Teacher


Volume 55 Issue 8, November 2017


The Physics Teacher

This month's cover features a magnetohydrodynamically propelled watercraft developed by physicist Anjalee Rutah (shown) and her collaborators at Towson University: James Overduin, Viktor Polyak, Thomas Sebastian, Jim Selway, and Daniel Zile. See their article "The Hunt for Red October II..."  for details regarding the operation of this "caterpillar drive" vehicle.


Letters to the Editor

Sharing the September Issue by Alma Robinson. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008333

Correction: “Augmenting the thermal flux experiment: A mixed reality approach with the HoloLens”. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008334

AAPT Member Spotlight

Tony Musumba. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008335


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


Perspectives on the Indigenous Worldviews in Informal Science Education Conference by Aparna Venkatesan, and Adam Burgasser. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008336

The Hunt for Red October II: A magnetohydrodynamic boat demonstration for introductory physics by James Overduin, Viktor Polyak, Anjalee Rutah, Thomas Sebastian, Jim Selway, Daniel Zile. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008337

Elastic and Inelastic Collisions of a Ball with a Wood Block by Rod Cross. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008338

Simple Pencil-and-Paper Notation for Representing Electrical Charge States by Robert A. Morse. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008339

An Alternative Proposal for the Graphical Representation of Anticolor Charge by Gerfried J. Wiener, Sascha M. Schmeling, and Martin Hopf. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008340

A New Take on Exploding Carts by Darren Broder, James Burleigh, Matthew Christian, Shawn Mowry, and George E. Hassel. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008341

Analyzing Impulse Using iPhone and Tracker by Shahrul Kadri Ayop. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008342

An Experimental Introduction to Acoustics by Andy Nicholas Black, and Robert H. Magruder. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008344

Helping Students Draw Correct Free-Body Diagrams by Albert Lee. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008345

Let’s Catch a (Heat) Wave by Rhett Herman, Abigail Ballowe, and Joe Ashley. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008346

Scientific Skills and Processes in Curriculum Resources by Joe Kremer. DOI: 10.1119/1.5008347

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