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Dual-Range Force Sensor Troubleshooting and FAQs

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  • Created May 7, 2005
  • Updated Aug 14, 2013
  • Article #1429

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Dual-Range Force Sensor, order code DFS-BTA, $109
Specifications and User Guide

-Primary test: Confirm that the setting on the sensor box is appropriate for the experiment. In general, you should use the +/-10 N range if you can. If the forces exceed ten newtons, use the +/-50 N range.
-Secondary Test: Was the sensor properly zeroed? If you plan to use the Dual-Range Force Sensor in a different orientation (horizontal vs. vertical) than calibrated, zero the Force Sensor to account for this. This additional step makes the sensor read exactly zero when no force is applied.

-TIL 1915: Dual Range Force Sensor does not measure a push, but does work with a pull.
-TIL 1108: What Vernier equipment is used with the Holt Spectrum Science manuals?
-TIL 681: Can you tell me the difference between the Dual Range Force Sensor and the Student Force Sensor?
-TIL 1262: Can your force sensors be used in a test section of a wind tunnel for educational demonstrations?
-TIL 757: What is the best way to arrange the Dual Range Force Sensor and PASCO masses on the same dynamics cart?
-TIL 1862: What is the threading on the bumpers and hooks for the Dual Range Force Sensor?
-TIL 2620: What nut size will work the the accessory rod that comes with the Photogate and Dual-Range Force Probe?
-TIL 2698: Why does my data table have holes (empty cells) in it?
-TIL 2149: Problems with force sensor giving bad readings because hex barrel has been removed and improperly reinstalled.
-TIL 1882: How do I put the Vernier Dynamics System mass and the dual range force sensor on the dynamics cart at the same time?

-new order code: DFS-BTA
-old order code: DFS-DIN
-There are no specifications given in the sensor booklet.

-Calibrate? No. The sensor is set to the stored calibration before shipping.
-If you wish to calibrate the sensor, you will conduct a two-point calibration. First point: Remove all force from the sensor. Enter 0 as the first known force. Second point: apply a known force to the sensor by hanging a labeled mass from the hook on the end of the sensor. Enter the weight of the mass (note: 1 kg applies a force of 9.8 newtons). For calibration using the +/-10 N range, use 300 grams of mass (2.94 newtons) for the second calibration point. For calibration using the +/-50 N range, use a one kilogram mass (9.8 newtons) for the second calibration point. Do not exceed the selected range setting during calibration.

-Mass for Dynamics Cart, order code MASS, $12
-Air Track Adapter, order code ATA-DFS, $55
-Force Table Adapter, order code FTA-DFS, $29

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