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The Physics Teacher October 2015A Celebration of the Art, Craft, and Science of Physics Teaching

Articles from The Physics Teacher, 2015-2016

The cover image (at left) shows a physics teacher contemplating the balance of some of her favorite images from art and science. Which of these images can your students identify? 



Teaching: Art, craft, science?  Yes!, Gary White DOI: 10.1119/1.4930999

Harmony and Higgs – Palette and Particle, Jack Hehn and Gary White DOI: 10.1119/1.49893083


A Course Connecting Astronomy to Art, History, and Literature, Don Olson  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931004

Active Learning Strategies for Introductory Light and Optics, David R. Sokoloff  DOI: 10.1119/1.4937966

Bringing (Century-Old) Technology into the Classroom, Part I: Teaching Mechanics and Thermodynamics with Antiques, John W. Jewett Jr.  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931013

Bringing (Century-Old) Technology into the Classroom, Part II: Teaching Vibrations and Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, and Optics with Antiques, John W. Jewett Jr. DOI: 10.1119/1.4937967

Color Addition and Subtraction Apps, Frances Ruiz and Michael J. Ruiz  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931012

Commedia dell'Arte as a Metaphor for the Art of Teaching, Robert A. Morse  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931002

Defining and Developing “Critical Thinking” Through Devising and Testing Multiple Explanations of the Same Phenomenon, Eugenia Etkina and Gorazd Planinšič  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931014

Learning from Mistakes: The Effect of Students' Written Self-Diagnoses on Subsequent Problem Solving Andrew Mason, Edit Yerushalmi, Elisheva Cohen and Chandralekha Singh DOI: 10.1119/1.4940171

Making Inexpensive 3-D Models, Harry Manos  DOI: 10.1119/1.4942135

Modern Kaleidophones, John A. Daffron and Thomas B. Greenslade Jr.  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931007

My Favorite Exam Question, Dan Styer  DOI: 10.1119/1.4935763

The Physlet Approach to Simulation Design, Wolfgang Christian, Mario Belloni, Francisco Esquembre, Bruce A. Mason, Lyle Barbato and Matt Riggsbee  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931011

Re-Cycling, Robert W. Brown and Corbin E. Covault  DOI: 10.1119/1.4933146

Respecting Our Students, Andy Gavrin  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931009

Sparking Curiosity: How Do You Know What Your Students Are Thinking?, Wendy K. Adams and Courtney Willis  DOI: 10.1119/1.4933147

Some Surprising Introductory Physics Facts and Numbers, A. James Mallmann DOI: 10.1119/1.4944361

Teaching and Learning Physics: Performance Art Evoking Insight, Wilfried Sommer  DOI: 10.1119/1.4935762

Teaching Critical Thinking: Sense-Making, Explanations, Language, and Habits, David Maloney  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931008

Teaching the Delightful Laws of Physics in a Survey Course, Paul G. Hewitt  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931003

Teaching Physics with Music, Gordon P. Ramsey DOI: 10.1119/1.4931010

What We Don't Understand, We Explain to Each Other, David Pines  DOI: 10.1119/1.4935761

Whiteboarding: A Tool for Moving Classroom Discourse from Answer-Making to Sense-Making, Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz  DOI: 10.1119/1.4940170

Workshop Physics and Related Curricula: A 25-Year History of Collaborative Learning Enhanced by Computer Tools for Observation and Analysis, Priscilla W. Laws, Maxine C. Willis and David R. Sokoloff   DOI: 10.1119/1.4931006

Additional Features

The importance of evidence in science, John L. Roeder  DOI: 10.1119/1.4933138

In Tune, Paul Hewitt   DOI: 10.1119/1.4931001

The language of the arrows, Joe Heafner  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931020

Pythagoras's biggest disappointment, Ken Ford DOI: 10.1119/1.4937955

Reflections from the classroom, Ken Rideout   DOI: 10.1119/1.4931000

The sound of church bells: Tracking down the secret of a traditional arts and crafts trade, Patrik Vogt, Lutz Kasper and Jan-Philipp Burde   DOI: 10.1119/1.4931015

Using artistic drawings to create physics problems, Gorazd Planinšič   DOI: 10.1119/1.4931019

Whiteboarding: The art and science of teaching physics via discourse, Dan MacIsaac  DOI: 10.1119/1.4931022