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The Terminal Velocity of a Snowflake

During a recent snowfall, Richard Born, a retired associate professor from Northern Illinois University, captured a slo-mo video (240 frames/s) of falling snowflakes using his iPhone® X. The camera was approximately a foot in front of a wooden fence to serve as a background for the falling snow. I’m sorry; your browser doesn’t support HTML5…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Logger Pro 3

Modeling Planetary Transits Using a Light Sensor

Experiment setup for identifying planetary transits with a Vernier Light Sensor Maya Falck, Scott Godsen, and Rebeca Waysek, teachers at The Spence School in New York City, New York, were inspired by an activity developed through NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope site that demonstrates the technique of using planetary transits to identify new exoplanets. The teachers…

Subjects: Earth Science, Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Light Sensor

Determine Pitch and Roll with LabVIEW and the Go Direct® Acceleration Sensor

Combining the power of LabVIEW software with the flexibility of our wireless Go Direct sensors opens the door to engaging coding projects and unique monitoring applications. On our website, you can find free LabVIEW code that can help you and your students incorporate Go Direct sensors into custom LabVIEW programs. A nice example of combining…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Acceleration Sensor

Video Analysis of Loop-the-Loop

Richard Born, from DeKalb, Illinois, has written another great experiment 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

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

An Inexpensive Beta Radiation Spectrometer

When studying radioactivity, most students have heard that the consequences include everything from Godzilla to spider senses. But few students know we can safely measure the energy of radiation and study something called nuclear spectroscopy in an ordinary science lab. A beta radiation spectrometer can be built from a Vernier Radiation Monitor, a couple of…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Radiation Monitor

Amusement Park “Round Up”

Chris Murray, of Tualatin High School in Tualatin, Oregon, recently sent us some great data taken with LabQuest and a Low-g Accelerometer on an amusement park ride, called Zero Gravity (also known as Round Up). As the ride began, a student held the accelerometer at chest level, pointed horizontally. When the motion started, two things…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Low-g Accelerometer

A Smart Wilberforce Pendulum

By Keith Clay, Green River College A Wilberforce pendulum is a physics toy that would drive Iron Man to distraction. Simply put, it is a mass tightly attached to the end of a spring that can oscillate up and down and twist back and forth. If the vertical and twisting motions have similar frequencies, the…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Go Direct® Force and Acceleration Sensor
  • Rotational Motion Accessory Kit

Radioactive Rain

Dr. Andy Johnson, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD What happens to the radiation level when it rains? Check out this surprising graph, showing data collected using a Vernier Radiation Monitor and LabQuest 2 on September 21–25, 2016 in Spearfish, South Dakota. The Radiation Monitor was sealed in a plastic bag and laid on the…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Radiation Monitor
  • LabQuest 2
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