The Physics Teacher October 2020


The Physics Teacher

Volume 58 Issue 7

October 2020


Viewing the Core of the Sun

This month's cover depicts a researcher at the Borexino neutrino detector in Gran Sasso, Italy, where they have recently reported a measurement of solar neutrinos from the CNO cycle for the first time.

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Sex, Gender, and Physics Teaching: Part III! by Gary D. White and Geraldine L. Cochran. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002056


2021 American Physics Society – Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) January 22-24, 2021 by Barbara Szczerbinska, Evie Downie and Brianna Mount. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002057


AAPT awards by Mel Sabella. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002059


Viewing the Core of the Sun by Don Lincoln. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002060

Anti-Deficit Framing of Sociological Physics Education Research by Stephen Exarhos. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002061

PhysPort Use and Growth: Supporting Physics Teaching with Research-based Resources Since 2011 by Sarah B. McKagan, Linda E. Strubbe, Lyle J. Barbato, Bruce A. Mason, Adrian M. Madsen and Eleanor C. Sayre. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002062

Smartphones and Gravitational Acceleration I: Overview by Meryem Berrada, Joshua A.H. Littleton and Richard A. Secco. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002063

Smartphones and Gravitational Acceleration II: Applications by Meryem Berrada, Joshua A.H. Littleton and Richard Secco. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002064

The New Definitions of the Mole and Kilogram: How and Why These SI Units Took their New Status by Jean-François Gal. DOI: 10.0002065

Facilitating Intersectionally Conscious Collaborations in Physics Education by Mildred Boveda and Andrea E. Weinberg. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002066

How Perception of Being Recognized or Not Recognized by Instructors as a “Physics Person” Impacts Male and Female Students’ Self-Efficacy and Performance by Yangqiuting Li, Kyle Whitcomb and Chandralekha Singh. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002067

Developing Educational YouTube Videos as a Tool to Learn and Teach Physics by Andrés Aragoneses and Rebecca Messer. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002068

What if Energy Flowed from Cold to Hot? Counterfactual Thought Experiments by Harvey S. Leff and Richard Kaufman. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002069

Modeling ICBM Trajectories Around a Rotating Globe with Systems Tool Kit by Philip Blanco. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002070

Estimating the Moon-to-Earth Radius Ratio with a Smartphone, a Telescope, and an Eclipse by Hugo Caerols and Felipe A. Asenjo. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002071

Effective Ammeter-Voltmeter Method by M. A. Salgueiro da Silva and T. M. Seixas. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002072

Beyond Recurring Free-Body Force Diagrams: Educational Pros and Cons of Alternative Means of Representing Forces and Interactions by Àngela Garcia-Lladó and Víctor López. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002073

Implementing an Honors Physics Add-On Course: The SMU Experience by Jodi Cooley, Eric Godat and Stephen Sekula. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002074

Bouncing Balls and Geometric Progressions by R. De Luca, M. Di Mauro and A. Naddeo. DOI: 10.1119/10.0002075


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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.