In the fall of 1986, readers of The Physics Teacher were introduced to Paul Hewitt’s iconic “Figuring Physics” cartoon puzzles, and we have all been enjoying them ever since. Veteran subscribers likely knew of Hewitt’s physics savvy and artistry already, having read his earlier contributions to the TPT library, but it seems unlikely that anyone would have guessed that we’d still be enjoying these winsome cartoon challenges in 2020. Scanning the first four installments above, you might notice that the title of the series changed after the first two months, a transition that was explained in the November issue as follows:

This month, the current editors at TPT wanted to celebrate Paul Hewitt’s thought-provoking and lively contributions to TPT, which, as intended, have undoubtedly drawn more students into the discipline…and not just the students. As one of the most commonly downloaded items from each month’s issue of TPT,...

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