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Innovative Uses

Innovative Uses of Vernier Technology

High Flying Physics

Eric Muhs and his physics students (Roosevelt HS, Seattle WA) constructed a portable cosmic ray detector and sent it 35 kilometers into the atmosphere, recreating Victor Hess’ Nobel Prize winning discovery of cosmic rays. The cosmic ray detector took two trips aboard a NASA high altitude balloon, along with a Temperature Probe, Magnetic Field Sensor,…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Barometer
  • Magnetic Field Sensor
  • Relative Humidity Sensor
  • And 3 more products

Vernier LabPro Goes to Denali

Pete Monte of Forest Grove, Oregon, recently climbed the highest peak in North America, Denali (also known as Mt. McKinley). Pete carried a Vernier LabPro, temperature probe, and a Gas Pressure Sensor all the way to the (20,320 ft, 6,194 m). He recorded temperatures well below freezing (in June), and pressure down to 54 kPa…

Subjects: Environmental Science

Products Mentioned

  • Gas Pressure Sensor
  • Surface Temperature Sensor
  • LabPro

Temperature at Death Valley

Steve Abitz and John Sebranek (Southwest HS, Green Bay, WI) took our LabPro, a calculator, and a temperature probe to Death Valley, CA in July. The average temperature in the air was 118°F (47.8°C). The average temperature on the ground was 125°F (51.7°C).

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Surface Temperature Sensor
  • LabPro

Centripetal Force

Bill Jameson (DeForest Area HS, DeForest, WI) sent us a clever, inexpensive lab idea for studying centripetal force. This is an improvement on an idea he had written for The Physics Teacher in December 1999. The photo shows the setup. A Dual-Range Force Sensor is mounted on the rotating board. A Light Sensor is fastened…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • LabPro
  • Light Sensor
  • Dual-Range Force Sensor
  • Logger Pro 3

Mouse Support System

Gus Frederick with the Oregon Public Education Network has come up with a fascinating idea that ties into the Millennium Mars Project, a project supported by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of this project is to design a viable Martian colony. Participants are further required to produce a visual representation of…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • CO2 Gas Sensor
  • O2 Gas Sensor
  • pH Sensor
  • And 4 more products

Bridge Swinging

There is a very interesting article on “Bridge Swinging and the Maximum Tension in a Pendulum String” by Edward P. Wyrembeck (Howards Grove HS, WI) posted on our Vernier Idea Board. In this article, Edward and his students explain how they measure the maximum tension in a pendulum string and compare the results to the…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Dual-Range Force Sensor
  • LabPro
  • Logger Pro 3

LabPro’s Antarctic Adventure

Heike Robinson, physics teacher, and sea kayaker, measures the temperature of Antarctic waters with a LabPro, Palm, and Stainless Steel Temperature Probe. Four years ago, Heike Robinson started sea kayaking. The more she learned about paddling, the more she discovered about the physics behind it. She started using examples from boating to help her students…

Subjects: Water Quality

Products Mentioned

  • Conductivity Probe
  • Light Sensor
  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
  • And 4 more products

Hurricane Charley

Curt Witthoff, Secondary Math/Science Specialist for Collier County Public Schools in Naples, FL, recorded this data as Hurricane Charley pounded the coastline near his house. He used Vernier sensors with a LabPro and TI graphing calculator. The equipment was placed in a box with the sensors exposed, and left on his patio. The times on…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Barometer
  • Light Sensor
  • Relative Humidity Sensor
  • And 4 more products

Human Pendulum Bobs

One of the “bobs” about to be released. The data collection station. Ken Kessenich at Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, WI found a great way to get his students more involved in his pendulum experiments. Using the laser gate feature of the new Vernier Photogate, Ken used an inexpensive laser to create a gate…

Subjects: Physics

Products Mentioned

  • Laser Pointer
  • Photogate
  • LabPro
  • Logger Pro 3
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