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Physics Education

September 2013 Volume 48, Number 5

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Number of articles: 8

  1. The Sounds of Nanoscience: Acoustic STM Analogues

    Manfred Euler

    A hands-on model of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) is presented. It uses near-field imaging with sound and computer assisted visualization to create acoustic mappings of resonator... More

    pp. 563-569

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  2. Educational Electrical Appliance Power Meter and Logger

    John Nunn

    The principles behind two different designs of inductive power meter are presented. They both make use of the microphone input of a computer which, together with a custom-written program, can... More

    pp. 570-577

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  3. Sunspots and Their Simple Harmonic Motion

    C I. Ribeiro

    In this paper an example of a simple harmonic motion, the apparent motion of sunspots due to the Sun's rotation, is described, which can be used to teach this subject to high-school students. ... More

    pp. 586-588

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  4. Understanding Gauss's Law Using Spreadsheets

    William H. Baird

    Some of the results from the electrostatics portion of introductory physics are particularly difficult for students to understand and/or believe. For students who have yet to take vector calculus, ... More

    pp. 589-592

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  5. Flipped Physics

    Maria Kettle

    This paper defines flipped learning and then examines its practical implementation in AS and A2 level physics classes, that is, classes for 16-18 year olds. The effect of this teaching style on... More

    pp. 593-596

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  6. Physics Education through Computational Tools: The Case of Geometrical and Physical Optics

    Y Rodríguez, A Santana & L M. Mendoza

    Recently, with the development of more powerful and accurate computational tools, the inclusion of new didactic materials in the classroom is known to have increased. However, the form in which... More

    pp. 621-628

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  7. Two Computer-Assisted Experiments

    Yaakov Kraftmakher

    Two computer-assisted experiments are described: (i) determination of the speed of ultrasound waves in water and (ii) measurement of the thermal expansion of an aluminum-based alloy. A new data... More

    pp. 636-639

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  8. Using Musical Intervals to Demonstrate Superposition of Waves and Fourier Analysis

    Michael C. LoPresto

    What follows is a description of a demonstration of superposition of waves and Fourier analysis using a set of four tuning forks mounted on resonance boxes and oscilloscope software to create,... More

    pp. 640-647

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