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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

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
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