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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

Investigating Thermal Stratification/Destratification in Buildings

Richard Born, Associate Professor Emeritus Northern Illinois University Operations Management and Information Systems Introduction Nature has its way with air. Warm air rises (less dense), and cold air sinks (denser). This natural thermal stratification in buildings has its disadvantages. During the winter, it causes heating systems to produce more heat than is necessary for comfort…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Thermal Analysis
  • FLIR ONE™ Thermal Camera for iOS
  • Logger Pro 3

The Color of Noise

You have probably heard the terms pink noise and white noise. You probably cringe when you hear fingernails being drawn across a chalkboard but think nothing of lawn mower noise. These sounds may all have the same sound level, but the frequency content is vastly different. White noise is a sound that has a uniform…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Sound Level Meter

“Tune” a Room

One goal of acoustic engineers is to “tune” a room for a specific purpose. A room tuned for lecture will be tuned differently than a library. The Sound Level Meter can be used to investigate acoustics in a room. One of the indicators of good room acoustics is the length of time sound stays in…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Sound Level Meter

Absorption of Radiant Energy

Thermal image showing temperature difference between black and white paper. Perform our “Absorption of Radiant Energy” experiment using the FLIR ONE™ thermal camera and the Thermal Analysis app. Use a desk lamp and an incandescent light bulb to illuminate a piece of white paper and a piece of black paper at close range (10–15 cm).…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • FLIR ONE™ Thermal Camera for iOS
  • Thermal Analysis

Interior and Exterior Temperatures With and Without Insulation

Perform the “A Good Sock” or “An Insulated Cola Bottle” experiments using the FLIR ONE™ thermal camera and the Thermal Analysis app to observe the temperature of the exteriors of bottles while using Temperature Probes and Logger Pro computer software to track the temperature of the water in the bottles. In order to mark the…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • FLIR ONE™ Thermal Camera for iOS
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
  • And 2 more products

Thermal Conductivity

Investigate thermal conductivity in solids. Here you can see two steel blocks that have been in a freezer for a while. The upper block rests on a plastic ruler, and the lower one rests on a steel ruler. A piece of black construction paper is placed on top of the two rulers to equalize emissivity…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • FLIR ONE™ Thermal Camera for iOS
  • Thermal Analysis
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