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Innovative Uses

Innovative Uses of Vernier Technology

Instructing with Relevant, Real-World Applications: Evaluating Plastic Waste in the Environment

By Sara Tallarovic Plastics in the environment are prominent in the news lately. As plastic waste finds its way into the environment, it seemingly turns up everywhere—from the deepest ocean trench to high mountain tops, and even in the digestive tracts of seabirds and marine mammals. Categorized by size, microplastics are pieces of plastic waste…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • USB Digital Microscope
  • Celestron Digital Microscope Imager (5 Megapixel)

Supercooling to the Max

By Nüsret Hisim Water is an obvious choice when studying phase change because students regularly encounter phenomena that involve water. While data-collection technology helps students visualize what is happening to the temperature as water cools, the process occurs through a blurry, ice-filled beaker. For my students, the temperature increase of the ice/water mixture in the…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Temperature Probe

Reactivity of the Alkaline Earth Metals

It can be challenging to find a safe wet lab activity that demonstrates the periodicity of common periodic properties. In this International Year of the Periodic Table, try incorporating a conductivity probe, such as our versatile , to help students visualize data. For the experiment, students follow this simple procedure: Place 5 mL of distilled…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Conductivity Probe

Enhance Student Investigations with Data-Collection Technology

Three-dimensional learning is at the core of the Next Generation Science Standards. Finding field-tested lessons that support three-dimensional learning for your elementary and middle school curriculum can be challenging. Fortunately, some great open-source resources are available; one of which is Going 3D with GRC. Going 3D with GRC is a student-centered model that employs the…

Subjects: Elementary Science, Middle School Science

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Conductivity Probe
  • Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor

Understanding Nernstian Behavior Using Ion-Selective Electrodes

Use Vernier ion-selective electrodes (ISE) in an innovative way to facilitate student understanding of Nernstian behavior. While most ISEs on the market allow you to report measurements as potential (in mV), with our Go Direct® Ion-Selective Electrodes, you have the option to report readings in mg/L, mV, or both. Simultaneously displaying graphs of concentration and…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Nitrate Ion-Selective Electrode
  • Go Direct® Ammonium Ion-Selective Electrode
  • Go Direct® Chloride Ion-Selective Electrode
  • And 2 more products

Genetic Code Expansion: Using Vernier in Undergraduate Research

By Kari van Zee Over the last five years, the biochemistry faculty at Oregon State University have provided undergraduate students with the unique opportunity to participate in a 10-week, hypothesis-driven research experience related to genetic code expansion. This laboratory course helps promote the development of teamwork, communication, and advanced experimental planning skills in addition to…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer
  • Go Direct® Gas Pressure Sensor

Exploring Moments of Inertia with a Centripetal Force Apparatus

Add another layer to your investigation of rotational motion by integrating this activity designed for advanced high school and college physics. The is an excellent tool to expand the range of experiments and investigations with the or the . This accessory kit includes objects that can attach in different configurations to explore how the distribution…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Centripetal Force Apparatus
  • Centripetal Force Apparatus Moment of Inertia Accessory Kit
  • Centripetal Force Apparatus

Teaching the Nature of Light: New Ways to Demonstrate Interference and Diffraction

During the 17th century, there were two competing models to describe the nature of light. Isaac Newton believed that light was composed of particles, whereas Christopher Huygens viewed light as a series of waves. Because Newton observed straight-line paths of light, he concluded that light could not be wave-like. Thomas Young’s double-slit experiment in the…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Diffraction Apparatus
  • Combination 1.2 m Track/Optics Bench

Use Go Direct Sensors and VPython for Data-Rich Computational Physics Activities

During most lessons about projectile motion, students inevitably ask, “What about air resistance?” The typical, albeit unsatisfying, response usually suggests that a lot of math is required. It’s a laborious process that few students are willing to work through by hand, but it’s a great task to hand off to a computer! Indeed, many instructors…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor

Conductometric Titration: An Alternative to Gravimetric Analysis

Gravimetric analysis is a classic technique for determining the mass of an analyte through precipitation. Because of the complex nature of gravimetric analysis, it can be a challenging experiment. In an article published in the Journal of Chemical Education, Jennifer Garcia and Linda Shultz compare a conductometric titration to conventional gravimetric analysis and conclude that…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Conductivity Probe
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