Calibrating an electronic sensor is a basic skill that many scientists and engineers use when making precise measurements with data-collection tools. Essentially, it means making hardware or software adjustments so that an electronic sensor reads correctly. Many analog sensors use a simple linear calibration, meaning the sensor reading varies in direct proportion to the voltage signal. This makes calibration relatively easy. Examples of these are the Vernier Dual-Range Force Sensor, pH Sensor, and Low-g Accelerometer. Other sensors use complex calibration equations making calibration somewhat harder. Examples of these are the Vernier Stainless Steel Temperature Sensor, Surface Temperature Sensor, Ion-Selective Electrodes, and Wide-Range Temperature Sensor.
This activity challenges you to perform a linear calibration using a Vernier sensor and to verify the accuracy of your model afterward.
- Calibrate an analog sensor
- Check the accuracy of your sensor after calibration
Sensors and Equipment
You can use any of the following:
Use any one of these Vernier sensors:
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