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Innovative Uses

Innovative Uses of Vernier Technology

Discover the Wavelength

Many schools can’t afford a classroom set of spectrophotometers. So how can you use a single spectrophotometer and a class set of colorimeters to have your students discover the best wavelength of light to use in an experiment? For Beer’s law and kinetics experiments, students must choose a specific wavelength to conduct the experiment. Students…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Colorimeter
  • Colorimeter

Study Photosynthesis and Respiration with Bio-Rad Algae Beads and Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer

Algae beads, along with the , provide a great way to study photosynthesis and respiration. Algae beads consist of freshwater algal cells suspended in sodium alginate and hardened in calcium chloride solution. In this suspension, the algal cells can still undergo cellular respiration and photosynthesis, exchanging gases with the liquid around them. Traditionally, a CO2…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® SpectroVis® Plus Spectrophotometer

Vernier Sensors Used in NOAA Inquiry-Based Lab Activities

Dan Rosales at American Canyon High School in Napa County, California, was recently featured on KQED for teaching a series of six NOAA inquiry-based lab activities about the science of climate change. The experiments use Vernier sensors across the school curriculum in Anatomy/Physiology, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, and STEM Club. See all six activities…

Subjects: Environmental Science

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® CO2 Gas Sensor
  • Go Direct® Temperature Probe
  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
  • And 3 more products

Video Analysis of Loop-the-Loop

Richard Born, from DeKalb, Illinois, has written another great lab that uses data taken with Video Physics on iOS and then analyzes it with Logger Pro. He mounts an inexpensive flashing LED on a Hot Wheels® toy car and sends it through a Loop-the-Loop. After video analysis, you get some interesting graphs. Logger Pro Analysis…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Video Physics for iOS
  • Logger Pro 3

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
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