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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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Olmstead, Matt – Physics Teacher, 2019
Throughout students' careers in physics, there are some topics that they learn multiple times and in multiple ways, and other topics that are briefly, if at all, discussed. I wanted to have the students think about all of the different physics topics they had learned in, most likely, a new way. Games have been used as a way to learn new physics…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods
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El-Helou, Joseph; Kalman, Calvin S. – Physics Teacher, 2018
Science teachers can always benefit from efficient tools that help students to engage with the subject and understand it better without significantly adding to the teacher's workload nor requiring too much of class time to manage. Reflective writing is such a low-impact, high-return tool. What follows is an introduction to reflective writing, and…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Reflection, Writing Assignments
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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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Jordan, Connor; Dunn, Amy; Armstrong, Zachary; Adams, Wendy K. – Physics Teacher, 2018
Projectile motion is a common phenomenon that is used in introductory physics courses to help students understand motion in two dimensions. Authors have shared a range of ideas for teaching this concept and the associated kinematics in "The Physics Teacher" ("TPT"); however, the "Hoop Challenge" is a new setup not…
Descriptors: Physics, Motion, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction
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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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McManus, Jeff – Physics Teacher, 2017
Many physics students have experienced the difficulty of internalizing concepts in electrostatics. After studying concrete, measurable details in mechanics, they are challenged by abstract ideas such as electric fields, flux, Gauss's law, and electric potential. There are a few well-known hands-on activities that help students get experience with…
Descriptors: Physics, Teaching Methods, Hands on Science, Scientific Concepts
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Plotz, Thomas – Physics Teacher, 2017
A possible link between cancer and the usage of mobile phones has been widely discussed in the media in the last 10 years. It is no surprise that students keep asking their physics teacher for advice regarding the handling of mobile phones and mobile phone radiation. This article aims to help teachers include this interesting topic in the…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Cancer, Physics
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Neilson, Drew; Campbell, Todd – Physics Teacher, 2017
Through examining the day-to-day work of scientists, researchers in science studies have revealed how models are a central sense-making practice of scientists as they construct and critique explanations about how the universe works. Additionally, they allow predictions to be made using the tenets of the model. Given this, alongside research…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Models, Scientific Concepts
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Wiener, Gergried J.; Schmeling, Sascha M.; Hopf, Martin – Physics Teacher, 2017
We have developed a learning unit based on the Standard Model of particle physics, featuring novel typographic illustrations of elementary particles and particle systems. Since the unit includes antiparticles and systems of antiparticles, a visualization of anticolor charge was required. We propose an alternative to the commonly used…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Color, Visualization
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de Paiva, Eduardo – Physics Teacher, 2016
Every year millions of people contract cancer in the world, and according to prediction of the World Health Organization by the year 2030 there will be about 27 million new cases. Because of these figures and the resulting social and economic implications of this disease, radiotherapy, which is one form of treatment that uses ionizing radiation,…
Descriptors: High School Students, Physics, Radiology, Cancer
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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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D'Anna, Michele; Corridoni, Tommaso – Physics Teacher, 2015
Thin film interference manifests itself in a wide range of visually pleasing situations in everyday life (in the colored effects caused by a drop of oil on water, in soap bubbles, etc.) and is also involved in important technical applications (semi-reflecting mirrors, anti-reflection lenses, etc.). Yet, despite its familiarity, high school…
Descriptors: Science Experiments, Science Activities, High School Students, Scientific Concepts
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Fadeev, Pavel – Physics Teacher, 2015
Movies are mostly viewed for entertainment. Mixing entertainment and physics gets students excited as we look at a famous movie scene from a different point of view. The following is a link to a fragment from the 2010 motion picture "Inception": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3tBBhYJeAw. The following problem, based on images in facing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Films, Scientific Concepts
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