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Innovative Uses

Innovative Uses of Vernier Technology

A New Take on Angle of Insolation

Paul Osuna, science teacher at Rancho Del Rey Middle School in Chula Vista, California, sent us a new take on the “Angle of Insolation” experiment found in several of our lab books. His intent is to eliminate the concept of Earth’s tilt from the experiment and focus solely on the effect of latitude. In his…

Subjects: Environmental Science

Products Mentioned

  • Light Sensor
  • Voltage Probe
  • Go Direct® Light and Color Sensor
  • Go Direct® Voltage Probe

Simple Experiments with Go Direct® Sensor Cart

What may be most striking about the new Go Direct Sensor Cart is that students can obtain excellent kinematic data with minimal lab setup. When performing a simple cart-on-a-ramp experiment, only a track, a sensor cart, and a device running Graphical Analysis™ 4 app is required. No additional detectors or interfaces are needed. The cart…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Sensor Cart (Green)
  • Go Direct® Sensor Cart (Yellow)

Thermal Imaging of Yellowstone’s Hydrothermal Features

By Jeff Groff, Shepherd University During the summer of 2017, I taught a course on the ecology, geology, and cultural significance of the greater Yellowstone area. My students and I took a FLIR ONE® thermal camera and an iPad® loaded with Vernier Thermal Analysis® Plus app on a field excursion to Yellowstone to record thermal…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Thermal Analysis Plus
  • FLIR ONE Gen 3

myVitals: A Student Engineering Project

Inspired to help his grandmother receive medical treatment at home rather than in the hospital, Mikolaj (Nick) Mroszczak, a mechanical engineering student at Cardiff University, developed a web-connected medical monitor using Vernier sensors during his internship at National Instruments. (While Vernier sensors are not intended for medical applications, they can easily connect to a variety…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • EKG Sensor
  • Spirometer

Forensic Chemistry: Analysis of a Mystery Powder

As part of the investigation of a crime scene, detectives note that a white powder is found at the location. Even though they have their suspicions, chemical and physical analyses must be performed to determine the identity of the powder. That’s where the crime scene technicians take over. Melting graph for unknown mystery powder from…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Melt Station
  • Go Direct® pH Sensor
  • Go Direct® Conductivity Probe

Spotlight on New Inquiry Based Experiment for Spectroscopy

Are you interested in spectroscopy but don’t know where to begin? You are in luck! We’ve recently designed a new experiment, “A Guided Inquiry Approach to Understanding Fluorescence Spectroscopy,” to help students understand what goes on inside the “black box” of a spectrophotometer. This experiment, which can be done with either or our , has…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Fluorescence/UV-VIS Spectrophotometer
  • Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer

Aquatic Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration

Aquatic plants undergo photosynthesis and cellular respiration much like terrestrial plants. Oxygen dissolves into water when aquatic autotrophs release oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Dissolved oxygen can be measured directly to determine if aquatic plants undergo photosynthesis or cellular respiration in different conditions. Finding a reliable source of aquatic plants can prove difficult because…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Optical Dissolved Oxygen Probe
  • Vernier Optical DO Probe

Investigating Intermolecular Forces Using the Mini GC Plus

Chromatogram of an equimolar ethanol and n-butanol mixture Taking full advantage of the , Mr. William Patrick Cunningham, from Claudia Taylor Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas, designed an innovative experiment in which students study intermolecular forces. The experiment uses different alcohols to demonstrate how variations in molecular structure and molecular mass affect the…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Mini GC Plus

Design-It-Clean Challenge

Ms. Alejandra Guzman, a Secondary Science Strategist for Los Fresnos CISD in Texas, shared her recent experience with Project Based Learning (PBL) in the Design-It-Clean Challenge. In this dynamic end-of-year project, students are challenged to create a water filtration device that is efficient, affordable, and sustainable. Students also create websites and marketing materials in order…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • pH Sensor
  • Conductivity Probe
  • Turbidity Sensor
  • And 3 more products

Study the Evolution of Respiratory Systems with the Vernier Optical DO Probe

Experiments in comparative physiology are an excellent way to teach concepts in evolutionary biology. In the most recent edition of The Caliper, we published a well-received, college-level comparative physiology experiment using scorpions and cockroaches. In response to the many requests we received for a high-school-level activity, the Vernier Biology department put their heads together and…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Optical DO Probe
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