After many years, we are happy to announce the second edition of Water Quality with Vernier. This updated version has many improvements that we think instructors will appreciate. This is our first book with instructions for using LabQuest with Data Matrix mode—a mode designed especially for field work. While many of the tests are familiar, they have been updated to incorporate new sensors, such as the Vernier Optical DO Probe, that have been developed since the first edition of the book.
We have expanded our line of wireless sensors with the new Go Wireless Heart Rate. This affordable sensor consists of a pair of wireless hand grips that can be used to measure human heart rate with a mobile device. It is ideal for continuously monitoring heart rate before, during, and after exercise. Go Wireless Heart Rate works with iOS, Android, and LabQuest 2.
The College Board’s AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework has undergone significant changes, shifting the course from a more traditional, content-based model to one that is intended to support an inquiry-based model of instruction. According to the AP chemistry course overview, six labs should use an inquiry-based model of instruction.
The Vernier Biology Department has been on a continuous quest to uncover new, exciting, and affordable tools for biology teachers. Our newest offering is the USB Digital Microscope that works on Chromebooks and with Logger Pro software on a computer. This 5 MP digital microscope connects to a computer or Chromebook via USB, giving you a live image that is very similar to what you would see with a traditional dissection microscope. It features a 10–300X lens with manual focus and an adjustable LED light source. In addition to capturing still images, you are able to record short videos and time lapse sequences.
Included with the USB Digital Microscope is an adjustable stand that, in conjunction with the manual focus, allows you to change the plane of view you are looking at on the screen. With a fast response time and high resolution, you can get very clear images that are easy to display, save, and place directly into lab reports. This new tool offers a world of possibilities for you and your students to explore.
We recently updated the Arduino™ section of our website. It has instructional material to lead students through a short course on Arduino terminology, an introduction to how sensors work, and sample projects. We have also posted sample code to read from over 80 Vernier sensors, which can be connected via the Vernier Arduino Interface Shield. This includes recent updates to the code to auto-ID on any Vernier BTA (analog) sensor, run a servo motor, and control a Vernier Digital Control Unit. We also have several sample projects that students will find interesting, including a laser pointer aimed with a servo motor, alarm systems based on motion detection, and a system to drive a pendulum with an electromagnet to keep it swinging indefinitely.
Years ago, Dave Vernier loved to run bridge building competitions while teaching physics in Hillsboro, Oregon. The students became more engaged with these hands-on activities, and competition often brought out their best efforts. The only part of the process that Dave did not relish was testing all of the bridges his students made. Borrowing weights from the PE teacher to hang off the bridges, pouring sand into a bucket suspended under the bridges, and rigging up a scissor jack to apply a load to the structures all worked but required a lot of effort and were time-consuming! Dave attributes this activity to his initial exploration of electronic sensors and the beginnings of Vernier Software & Technology.
Ella Bowling of Mason County Middle School, in Marysville, Kentucky, was the 2014 recipient of the NABT Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award. This award is sponsored by Vernier and was presented at the 2014 NABT Professional Development Conference in Cleveland.
Last year we introduced the Motion Encoder System, and many instructors are now using them with their physics classes. Now, the five experiments from Physics with Vernier that use the Vernier Dynamics System have been updated for use with the Motion Encoder System. These experiments include:
Experiment 2, Back and Forth Motion
Experiment 3, Cart on a Ramp
Experiment 4, Determining g on an Incline
Experiment 18, Momentum, Energy, and Collisions
Experiment 19, Impulse and Momentum
If you already own a copy of Physics with Vernier and would like the updated files for the student pages for the five experiments, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org