American Journal of Physics

(The TQCC of American Journal of Physics is 5. The table below lists those papers that are above that threshold based on CrossRef citation counts. The publications cover those that have been published in the past four years, i.e., from 2019-06-01 to 2023-06-01.)
Determination of Molecular Structure from Microwave Spectroscopic Data1428
The electromagnetic radiation from a finite antenna401
Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory electricity. Part I: Investigation of student understanding296
Student difficulties in connecting graphs and physics: Examples from kinematics278
Peer instruction: From Harvard to the two-year college182
The impact of epistemology on learning: A case study from introductory physics144
From Lorenz to Coulomb and other explicit gauge transformations138
Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory electricity. Part II: Design of instructional strategies132
Electromagnetics from a quasistatic perspective125
The pendulum—Rich physics from a simple system124
Quantum Theory of Interference Effects in the Mixing of Light from Phase-Independent Sources120
Maximum work from a finite reservoir by sequential Carnot cycles101
Beyond the Van Der Waals loop: What can be learned from simulating Lennard-Jones fluids inside the region of phase coexistence98
Multiple rainbows from single drops of water and other liquids91
From problem solving to a knowledge structure: An example from the domain of electromagnetism84
From Schrödinger’s equation to the quantum search algorithm77
Getting more from pushing less: Negative specific heat and conductivity in nonequilibrium steady states71
Learning quantum field theory from elementary quantum mechanics68
Scattering from a locally periodic potential64
Modeling student thinking: An example from special relativity58
Do advanced physics students learn from their mistakes without explicit intervention?56
Lorentz transformations from the first postulate53
How much does the rigid body rotate? A Berry’s phase from the 18th century53
Can Maxwell’s equations be obtained from the continuity equation?53
From Cbits to Qbits: Teaching computer scientists quantum mechanics51
Extraction of Signals from Noise50
Derivation of reciprocity relations for a beam splitter from energy balance46
The pumping of a swing from the standing position45
The challenge of matching learning assessments to teaching goals: An example from the work-energy and impulse-momentum theorems43
Experimental estimation of the band gap in silicon and germanium from the temperature–voltage curve of diode thermometers38
Predicting the future from the past: An old problem from a modern perspective37
Regularization and renormalization in scattering from Dirac delta potentials36
The pumping of a swing from the seated position36
Axial Mode Number of Gas Lasers from Moving-Mirror Experiments35
Teaching antenna radiation from a time-domain perspective35
The polarization of skylight: An example from nature34
Thermal physics in the introductory physics course: Why and how to teach it from a unified atomic perspective33
Scattering from a nonsymmetric potential in one dimension as a coupled‐channel problem33
Light Scattering from Polaritons33
Stokes’ dream: Measurement of fluid viscosity from the attenuation of capillary waves30
Assessment of difficulties of some conceptual areas from electricity and magnetism using the Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism29
From fragmented knowledge to a knowledge structure: Linking the domains of mechanics and electromagnetism28
Preparing K-12 teachers in physics: Insights from history, experience, and research27
Emission of Radio-Frequency Waves from Plasmas27
Reflection of light from a uniformly moving mirror27
Visualizing classical periodic orbits from the quantum energy spectrum via the Fourier transform: Simple infinite well examples26
Obtaining a Heisenberg Hamiltonian from the Hubbard model26
Available work from a finite source and sink: How effective is a Maxwell’s demon?25
On the radiation from point charges24
Physics from Fisher Information: A Unification23
Simple derivation of Newtonian mechanics from the principle of least action22
Significance of Some Equations of State Obtained from Shock-Wave Data22
From conservation of energy to the principle of least action: A story line22
Derivation of Maxwell’s equations from the local gauge invariance of quantum mechanics22
Development of the Maxwell-Lorentz Equations from Special Relativity and Gauss's Law22
A simple experiment for studying the transition from order to chaos22
Bose–Einstein condensation in spherically symmetric traps21
Design principles for effective physics instruction: A case from physics and everyday thinking21
A balloon lens: Acoustic scattering from a penetrable sphere21
Radiations from Radioactive Substances20
Kinetic exchange models: From molecular physics to social science20
Intensity Correlations from Pseudothermal Light Sources20
From an idea to a vision: There’s plenty of room at the bottom19
Modeling protein synthesis from a physicist’s perspective: A toy model19
Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory spectroscopy. I. Identifying student difficulties with atomic emission spectra19
Differential aging from acceleration: An explicit formula19
Superposition of the radiation from N independent sources and the problem of random flights18
Diffusion in a half-space: From Lord Kelvin to path integrals18
Cherenkov Radiation, “Physical” and “Unphysical,” and its Relation to Radiation from an Accelerated Electron18
Limiting spectra from confining potentials18
From laser cooling to aging: A unified Lévy flight description18
What do students really learn from interactive multimedia? A physics case study17
Generalized composition law from 2×2 matrices17
Diffraction from one- and two-dimensional quasicrystalline gratings17
Understanding stable levitation of superconductors from intermediate electromagnetics17
Twin paradox: A complete treatment from the point of view of each twin17
Energy from the evaporation of water17
Ladder operators in the Morse potential obtained from a related harmonic oscillator16
Elastic particle scattering from two hard disks16
Snell’s law from an elementary particle viewpoint16
Deduction of the general Lorentz transformations from a set of necessary assumptions15
Teaching antenna reception and scattering from a time-domain perspective15
Delta function terms arising from classical point‐source fields15
Measurement of mutual inductance from the frequency dependence of impedance of AC coupled circuits using a digital dual-phase lock-in amplifier14
Construction of Lagrangians and Hamiltonians from the equation of motion14
Electromagnetic field visualization in virtual reality13
One‐piece Faraday generator: A paradoxical experiment from 185113
Cherenkov radiation from a charge of finite size or a bunch of charges13
Large‐scale diffraction patterns from circular objects13
The Dirac comb and the Kronig‐Penney model: Comment on ‘‘Scattering from a locally periodic potential,’’ by D. J. Griffiths and N. F. Taussig [Am. J. Phys. 60, 883–888 (1992)]13
Research as a guide for improving student learning: An example from momentum conservation13
Angular Distribution of the Acoustic Radiation from a Tuning Fork13
Development of Vector Analysis from Quaternions13
The physical limits of communication or Why any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from noise13
How fast do living organisms move: Maximum speeds from bacteria to elephants and whales13
Derivation of the Davydov Distribution from the Boltzmann Equation13
Erratum: ‘‘Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory electricity. Part I: Investigation of student understanding’’ [Am. J. Phys. 60, 994–1003 (1992)]12
Isochronous oscillations: Potentials derived from a parabola by shearing12
Electron mobility in graphene without invoking the Dirac equation12
Energy flow from a battery to other circuit elements: Role of surface charges12
Gyroscope precession in special and general relativity from basic principles12
Derivation of Maxwell’s equations from the gauge invariance of classical mechanics12
Conditions on wave functions derived from operator domains12
Use of a Mariotte bottle for the experimental study of the transition from laminar to turbulent flow11
In search of the ’’starbow’’: The appearance of the starfield from a relativistic spaceship11
Derivation of relativistic force transformation equations from Lorentz force law11
Eikonal equation from continuum mechanics and analogy between equilibrium of a string and geometrical light rays11
Relativistic addition of velocities directly from the constancy of the velocity of light11
Quantum Effects in the Radiation from Accelerated Relativistic Electrons11
Sample Illustrations of Physical Principles Selected from Physiology and Medicine11
Radiation from an Accelerated Charge and the Principle of Equivalence11
Aberration of Light from Binary Stars—a Paradox?11
Equilibrium and stability of thin spherical shells in Newtonian and relativistic gravity10
Active Galactic Nuclei: From the Central Black Hole to the Galactic Environment10
A windmill’s theoretical maximum extraction of power from the wind10
Gravitational waves from orbiting binaries without general relativity10
Reliable determination of contact angle from the height and volume of sessile drops10
Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory spectroscopy. II. Addressing student difficulties with atomic emission spectra10
Iodine molecular constants from absorption and laser fluorescence10
Risk analysis of buried wastes from electricity generation10
Examining physics teacher understanding of systems and the role it plays in supporting student energy reasoning10
An up‐to‐date approach to physics10
Out of the Crystal Maze: Chapters from the History of Solid‐State Physics10
Multiple scattering of a plane scalar wave from a uniform dielectric slab10
Casimir effect from a scattering approach10
Determining the value of the fine-structure constant from a current balance: Getting acquainted with some upcoming changes to the SI9
Crossover from the exact factor to the Boltzmann factor9
From baking a cake to solving the diffusion equation9
Entangle me! A game to demonstrate the principles of quantum mechanics9
Light scattering from fibers: An extension of a single‐slit diffraction experiment9
Wave packet scattering from time-varying potential barriers in one dimension9
Resonance scattering from a double δ‐function potential9
Motion of the Earth as viewed from the moon and the Y‐suspended pendulum9
Resolution of a cosmological paradox using concepts from general relativity theory9
Asymmetric wave functions from tiny perturbations9
Design of a low cost Zimm–Crothers viscometer: From theory to experiment8
Inference of magnetospheric currents from multipoint magnetic field measurements8
Electric field lines: The implications of students' interpretation on their understanding of the concept of electric field and of the superposition principle8
Observation of the Talbot effect with water waves8
Comparison of electromagnetic and gravitational radiation: What we can learn about each from the other8
The equivalence principle as a stepping stone from special to general relativity: A Socratic dialog8
Rayleigh–Gans scattering from polydisperse colloidal suspensions8
Improving student understanding of fine structure corrections to the energy spectrum of the hydrogen atom8
The forced harmonic oscillator: Coherent states and the RWA8
A model for incorporating computation without changing the course: An example from middle-division classical mechanics8
Derivation of Conserved Quantities from Symmetries of the Lagrangian in Field Theory8
“N Waves” from Bursting Balloons8
Improving student understanding of a system of identical particles with a fixed total energy8
Resource Letter: GP-1: Gender and Physics8
Stellar sky as seen from the vicinity of a black hole7
A general principle for light reflecting from a uniformly moving mirror: A relativistic treatment7
Perturbations of the excited quantum oscillator: From number states to statistical distributions7
Millikan Lecture 2009: Physics for all: From special needs to Olympiads7
Phase Change on Reflection from Isotropic Dielectrics7
Scattering from a Separable Nonlocal Potential7
Where does energy go when it's “Gone”? Promoting understanding of energy dissipation7
Student and instructor framing in upper-division physics7
Acoustic scattering from a spherical lens irradiated by a finite transducer: Focusing effect and refraction7
Damped harmonic oscillation: Linear or quadratic drag force?7
Simple derivation of the diffusion equation from the Fokker‐Planck equation using perturbation methods7
Reflection of plane waves from a uniformly accelerating mirror7
Reflection, refraction, and transmission of plane electromagnetic waves from a lossless dielectric slab7
Representing a vector field: Helmholtz’s theorem derived from a Fourier identity7
Scattering from an attractive delta‐function potential7
Starting a Swing from Rest7
Resource Letter RBAI-2: Research-based assessment instruments: Beyond physics topics7
A unified, contemporary approach to teaching energy in introductory physics7
Hands-on gravitational wave astronomy: Extracting astrophysical information from simulated signals7
Note on the history effect in fluid mechanics7
A systematic method to determine the Lagrangian directly from the equations of motion7
Using online telescopes to explore exoplanets from the physics classroom7
Derivation of the Maxwellian distribution from the microcanonical ensemble7
Estimate of Molecular Sizes and Avogadro's Number from Surface Tension7
Thermodynamic insights from a one‐particle gas7
Nonlinear effect of forced harmonic oscillator subject to sliding friction and simulation by a simple nonlinear circuit7
Going through a phase: Infrared cameras in a teaching sequence on evaporation and condensation7
Manual timing in physics experiments: Error and uncertainty7
Determination of surface tension from the measurement of internal pressure of mini soap bubbles7
Don't demean the geometric mean7
The hidden symmetry of the Coulomb problem in relativistic quantum mechanics: From Pauli to Dirac6
Adiabatic invariance derived from the Rund–Trautman identity and Noether’s theorem6
From innovation to change: Forging a physics education reform agenda for the 21st century6
The least uncomfortable journey from A to B6
Nature of Radio Waves Reflected from an Undulating Surface6
Relativistic velocity and acceleration transformations from thought experiments6
Forensic Physics 101: Falls from a height6
Gravity-driven fluid oscillations in a drinking straw6
A Laboratory Measurement of Decay Energy in Electron Capture from Inner Bremsstrahlung Spectrum6
Determination of contact angle from the maximum height of enlarged drops on solid surfaces6
Radiation reaction from electromagnetic fields in the neighborhood of a point charge6
Planck's Constant from Wien's Displacement Law6
Hot gases: The transition from line spectra to thermal radiation6
X-Ray Diffraction from Helices: Structure of DNA6
Lise Meitner’s escape from Germany6
Kepler and the origins of the theory of gravity6
A smooth trip to Alpha Centauri: Comment on “The least uncomfortable journey from A to B” [Am. J. Phys. 84(9) 690–695]6
From Maupertuis to Schrödinger. Quantization of classical variational principles6
Padé–Laplace analysis of signal averaged voltage decays obtained from a simple circuit6
Reflection of wave packets from a quantum well with a tunneling transmission resonance6
Real-time finite difference bifurcation diagrams from analog electronic circuits6
Discovering the reasoning behind the words: An example from electrostatics6
Interference fringes from stabilized diode lasers6
Understanding energy as a subtle concept: A model for teaching and learning energy6
Measuring the magnetization of a permanent magnet6
Multipole radiation fields from the Jefimenko equation for the magnetic field and the Panofsky-Phillips equation for the electric field5
Novel cases of diffraction of light from a grating: Theory and experiment5
Comment on ’’One‐piece Faraday generator: A paradoxical experiment from 1851’’5
Bound states and scattering from a one‐dimensional hydrogen atom at a boundary5
Computer generated holograms from dot matrix and laser printers5
Upper Atmosphere Temperatures from Remote Sound Measurements5
Causality and dispersion relations5
Magnetic Aharonov-Bohm effects and the quantum phase shift: A heuristic interpretation5
Diamagnetic behavior in random classical radiation5
Comment on ‘‘Alternate ‘derivation’ of Maxwell’s source equations from gauge invariance of classical mechanics,’’ by James S. Marsh [Am. J. Phys. 61, 177–178 (1993)]5
The optimal journey from A to B5
The Temperature Concept from the Macroscopic Point of View5
Lessons from transforming second-year honors physics lab5
On Kepler Ellipses Starting from a Point in Space5
The Proca equations derived from first principles5
Shortcut to stationary regimes: A simple experimental demonstration5
Acceleration due to buoyancy and mass renormalization5
Derivation of the magnetization current from the non-relativistic Pauli equation: A comment on “The quantum mechanical current of the Pauli equation” by Marek Nowakowski [Am. J. Phys. 67(10), 916 (1995
Comment on “Hot gases: The transition from the line spectra to thermal radiation” by M. Vollmer [Am. J. Phys. 73 (3), 215–223 (2005)]5
The longitude problem from the 1700s to today: An international and general education physics course5
Expulsion of Free Electronic Charge from the Interior of a Metal5
Chaos: From Theory to Applications5
Planck’s constant determination from black‐body radiation5
Assembling a magnetometer for measuring the magnetic propertiesof iron oxide microparticles in the classroom laboratory5
Laminar viscous flow through pipes, related to cross-sectional area and perimeter length5
Analytical solution of gravity tunnels through an inhomogeneous Earth5