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Coletta, Vincent P.; Bernardin, Josh; Pascoe, Daniel; Hoemke, Anatol – Physics Teacher, 2019
Physics instructors recognize the value of kinesthetic experience in learning fundamental physics concepts. We describe a kinesthetic experiment appropriate for both college and high school physics students. The experiment helps students achieve an intuitive understanding of Newton's second law in a way they find quite enjoyable. It was devised by…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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Briggs, Michael – Physics Teacher, 2019
The mystery tube is a fairly well known activity among science teachers for illustrating the nature of science. A variety of procedures have been presented for carrying out this activity, such as Scott Miller's method based on the BCSE 5E Instructional Model. Mystery tubes and other "black box" activities allow the students to engage in…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods
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Liang, Qingsheng; Wei, Yajun – Physics Teacher, 2018
"How does an aircraft fly?" is one of the most frequently asked science questions by young pupils. The lift on airplane wings also makes a great example of the application of the Bernoulli principle while teaching fluid mechanics in introductory physics and engineering courses. The topic is of great interest and is therefore covered in…
Descriptors: Physics, Visualization, Teaching Methods, Air Transportation
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Kácovský, Petr – Physics Teacher, 2018
In the last decade, a powerful tool has been given to physics teachers to visualize thermodynamic phenomena. Thermal imaging cameras are fascinating devices opening the world of (even small) temperature changes and being able to uncover hidden manifestations of many processes around us. This paper describes a few qualitative thermal imaging…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Problem Based Learning, Physics, Thermodynamics
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Oliver, Douglas L. – Physics Teacher, 2018
The study of vibration in uniform beams provides physics teachers with a platform by which a broad range of physics vibration-related topics can be explored without expensive and specialized equipment. This paper presents two laboratory exercises related to lateral beam vibrations. These exercises use beam theory coupled with free sound-analysis…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Laboratories, Science Activities
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Hazari, Zahra; Brewe, Eric; Goertzen, Renee Michelle; Hodapp, Theodore – Physics Teacher, 2017
Given the historic and continued underrepresentation of women in physics, it is important to understand the role that high school physics might play in attracting female students to physics careers. Drawing on data from over 900 female undergraduates in physics, we examine when these women became interested in physics careers and different sources…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Females
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Phillips, Jeffrey A. – Physics Teacher, 2016
While entropy is often described as "disorder," it is better thought of as a measure of how spread out energy is within a system. To illustrate this interpretation of entropy to introductory college or high school students, several activities have been created. Students first study the relationship between microstates and macrostates to…
Descriptors: Energy, College Students, High School Students, Teaching Methods
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Nathan, Stephen A.; Loxsom, Fred – Physics Teacher, 2016
Sustainable energy is growing in importance as the public becomes more aware of climate change and the need to satisfy our society's energy demands while minimizing environmental impacts. To further this awareness and to better prepare a workforce for "green careers," we developed a sustainable energy laboratory course that is suitable…
Descriptors: High School Students, Undergraduate Students, Sustainability, Energy
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Hechter, Richard P. – Physics Teacher, 2016
This year while awaiting the arrival of the AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest poster, I developed an idea for my physics teacher education course that used the photo contest in a new context. While using an external source like a photograph to learn physics is not new to physics education, this article describes how we used the foundational…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers
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Nelson, Jim; Nelson, Jane Bray – Physics Teacher, 2015
In this paper, a discrepant event is used to initiate a learning cycle lesson to help students develop an understanding of the concept and equation for buoyant force. The data are gathered using readily available equipment and then graphically analyzed using a four-step analysis consistent with the modeling instructional approach. This laboratory…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Principles, Scientific Concepts
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Allen, Bradley; Liu, Tongtian – Physics Teacher, 2015
Calculating the effective resistance of an electrical network is a common problem in introductory physics courses. Such calculations are typically restricted to two-dimensional networks, though even such networks can become increasingly complex, leading to several studies on their properties. Furthermore, several authors have used advanced…
Descriptors: Electronics, Physics, Computation, Introductory Courses
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Laws, Priscilla W.; Willis, Maxine C.; Sokoloff, David R. – Physics Teacher, 2015
This article describes the 25-year history of development of the activity-based Workshop Physics (WP) at Dickinson College, its adaptation for use at Gettysburg Area High School, and its synergistic influence on curricular materials developed at the University of Oregon and Tufts University and vice versa. WP and these related curricula: 1) are…
Descriptors: Workshops, Physics, Educational History, High School Students
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Olson, Don; Hook, Joseph; Doescher, Russell; Wolf, Steven – Physics Teacher, 2015
This month marks the 75th anniversary of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse. During a gale on Nov. 7, 1940, the bridge exhibited remarkable oscillations before collapsing spectacularly (Figs. 1-5). Physicists over the years have spent a great deal of time and energy studying this event. By using open-source analysis tools and digitized footage of…
Descriptors: Scientists, Mechanics (Physics), Films, Video Technology
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Lane, W. Brian – Physics Teacher, 2014
The traditional lab report is known to create several pedagogical shortcomings in the introductory physics course, particularly with regard to promoting student engagement and encouraging quality writing. This paper discusses the use of a "letter home" written to a non-physicist as an alternative to lab reports that creates a more…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Teaching Methods, Writing Assignments
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Oostra, Benjamin – Physics Teacher, 2014
I present a novel way to introduce the lunar orbital eccentricity in introductory astronomy courses. The Moon is perhaps the clearest illustration of the general orbital elements such as inclination, ascending node, eccentricity, perigee, and so on. Furthermore, I like the students to discover astronomical phenomena for themselves, by means of a…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, High Schools
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