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Physics Teacher

January 2011 Volume 49, Number 1

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 6

  1. Using the Wiimote in Introductory Physics Experiments

    Romulo Ochoa, Frank G. Rooney & William J. Somers

    The Wii is a very popular gaming console. An important component of its appeal is the ease of use of its remote controller, popularly known as a Wiimote. This simple-looking but powerful device has... More

    pp. 16-18

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  2. Experiencing Light's Properties within Your Own Eye

    Michael Mauser

    Seeing the reflection, refraction, dispersion, absorption, polarization, and scattering or diffraction of light within your own eye makes these properties of light truly personal. There are... More

    pp. 19-21

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  3. Whole Class Laboratories with Google Docs

    Scott Bonham

    Interactive (reformed) instruction helps students develop a deeper understanding of physics, a component of which is letting students explore physical phenomena first and then building upon their... More

    pp. 22-23

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  4. Innovative Use of a Classroom Response System during Physics Lab

    Jay Walgren

    More and more physics instructors are making use of personal/classroom response systems or "clickers." The use of clickers to engage students with multiple-choice questions during lecture and... More

    pp. 30-32

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  5. Using the Sound Card as a Timer

    C E. Aguiar & M M. Pereira

    Experiments in mechanics often involve measuring time intervals much smaller than one second, a task that is hard to perform with handheld stopwatches. This is one of the reasons why photogate... More

    pp. 33-35

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  6. Measuring Systematic Error with Curve Fits

    Mark E. Rupright

    Systematic errors are often unavoidable in the introductory physics laboratory. As has been demonstrated in many papers in this journal, such errors can present a fundamental problem for data... More

    pp. 54-55

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