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Taniguchi, Darcy A. A.; Taniguchi, James; Ridgway, Sam; Schulz, Kathryn – Physics Teacher, 2019
The lesson presented here provides a multifaceted inquiry-based opportunity to develop a deep grasp of Archimedes' principle. It was originally developed for high school teachers as part of their training in the basic structure of the Next Generation Science Standards. There are numerous demonstrations illustrating Archimedes' principle, many of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Inquiry, Scientific Principles, High Schools
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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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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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White, Susan; Tyler, John – Physics Teacher, 2015
During the 2012-13 school year, approximately 27,000 teachers taught at least one physics course in a U.S. high school. About one-third of those teachers have earned a degree in physics or physics education; the vast majority of the others have earned degrees in a variety of other science fields. About 53,000 physics classes were taught, ranging…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Physics
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White, Susan – Physics Teacher, 2013
Student preparation can be quite nuanced. Not only have students been exposed to a variety of preparatory classes and outside influences, but students also vary in their commitment and approach to their current classes. We asked teachers to offer their opinions on their students' preparation for physics in a number of areas. The overall…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Secondary School Science, High School Students
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White, Susan – Physics Teacher, 2013
We asked high school physics teachers to assess their level of preparation across a number of domains. Almost all (98%) reported feeling adequately or well prepared in terms of their basic physics knowledge. The chart presents teachers' responses to their self-assessed level of preparation in six different areas. Almost all feel at least…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, High Schools
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Physics Teacher, 2012
There are two sides of the physics teacher turnover equation: teachers leaving and teachers entering. This month we will focus on teachers' future teaching plans. As seen in the figure, about 5% of the 27,000 teachers who taught physics in U.S. high schools in 2008-09 were in their first year of teaching physics (but not necessarily their first…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility
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Oldaker, Bruce G.; Jacobs, Greg; Bibilashvili, Tengiz – Physics Teacher, 2010
We introduce the USAYPT--the United States Association for Young Physicists Tournaments, Inc. Our motto is "Better teaching and learning by doing research in your high school." We believe that all high school teachers can improve their knowledge of physics by forming small groups that perform non-trivial--but not cutting edge--research. In order…
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, Experiential Learning, Secondary School Teachers
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Stinner, Arthur; Metz, Don – Physics Teacher, 2010
This article is intended to model the ascent of the space shuttle for high school teachers and students. It provides a background for a sufficiently comprehensive description of the physics (kinematics and dynamics) of the March 16, 2009, "Discovery" launch. Our data are based on a comprehensive spreadsheet kindly sent to us by Bill Harwood, the…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High School Students, Spreadsheets, Science Instruction
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Davids, Mark; Forrest, Rick; Pata, Don – Physics Teacher, 2010
Wireless communications are ubiquitous. Students and teachers use iPhones[R], BlackBerrys[R], and other smart phones at home and at work. More than 275 million Americans had cell phones in June of 2009 and expanded access to broadband is predicted this year. Despite the plethora of users, most students and teachers do not understand "how they…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Information Theory, Pilot Projects, Physics
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McKagan, Sam – Physics Teacher, 2010
This article describes workshops for high school physics teachers in Uganda on inquiry-based teaching and PhET simulations. I hope it increases awareness of the conditions teachers face in developing countries and inspires others to give similar workshops. This work demonstrates what is possible with some concerted, but not extraordinary, effort.
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, Workshops, Secondary School Science
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Oldaker, Bruce – Physics Teacher, 2007
The United States Association for Young Physicists Tournaments (USAYPT) held its annual February Tournaments on Feb. 9-10, 2007, at the North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics, Durham, NC. Young physicists' tournaments are theoretical and experimental research-based team competitions described more fully at the USAYPT website:…
Descriptors: Physics, Competition, Scientific Research, Teamwork