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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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Porat, Gilit; Kapon, Shulamit – Physics Teacher, 2018
Although the teaching of mechanics at advanced K12 levels often starts with a brief introduction to physical quantities and units, the nature and function of measurements in physics and their inherent uncertainty are hardly ever discussed. The laboratory is mainly used to illustrate the theoretical principles taught in class. This paper presents a…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), High School Students
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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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Williamson, Kathryn; McLaughlin, Maura; Stewart, John; Lorimer, Duncan; Blumer, Harsha; Zabriskie, Cabot; Heatherly, Sue Ann; Lynch, Ryan – Physics Teacher, 2019
The Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC) engages high school students and teachers in analyzing real data from the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope for the purpose of discovering exotic stars called pulsars. These cosmic clocks can be used as a galactic-scale detector of gravitational waves, ripples in spacetime that have recently been directly…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science, Laboratory Equipment
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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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Korsunsky, Boris; Li, Clara – Physics Teacher, 2017
As online education has exploded in the past decade, the number of physics and physics-related massive open online courses (or MOOCs, to use the industry lingo) has grown substantially as well. Several such courses aim at high school students, especially those involved in the AP Physics program. One of us (BK) was involved in creating two such…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, High School Students, Secondary School Science
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Bu, Frank; Marlowe, Robert Lloyd; Whitson, Kristin – Physics Teacher, 2017
This is the story of how an enterprising high school student came to my lab one afternoon, asking if there were any way that he could gain "hands-on" lab experience by working with me. While I had some doubts about allowing him to work in an area with an expensive 150-mW focused laser beam, I eventually said yes. I was well aware that a…
Descriptors: Physics, Student Attitudes, Science Experiments, High School Students
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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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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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Lamore, Brian – Physics Teacher, 2016
For years the fan cart has provided physics students with an excellent resource for exploring fundamental mechanics concepts such as acceleration, Newton's laws, impulse, momentum, work-energy, and energy conversions. "The Physics Teacher" has even seen some excellent do-it-yourself (DIY) fan carts and activities. If you are interested…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Mechanics (Physics), Motion
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White, Susan C. – Physics Teacher, 2016
Last month we highlighted our Quadrennial Survey of High School Physics Teachers. Using data from the survey, we have looked at the availability of high school physics. We report that about 95% of high school seniors attend a high school where physics is offered regularly--either every year or every other year. A U.S. Department of Education…
Descriptors: Surveys, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers
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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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