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Innovative Uses

Innovative Uses of Vernier Technology

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

Study the Carbon Cycle with a CO2 Gas Sensor and Soil

Studying soil is an easy, yet often overlooked, way to introduce students to the role of cellular respiration in the carbon cycle. The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has developed a set of free classroom materials to guide educators through this activity using different methods that measure cellular respiration from soil microbes, often referred…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • CO2 Gas Sensor

The Greenhills Renewable Energy Dashboard

GRED dashboard displaying rooftop data from the wind turbine, solar array, and green roof Innovatively using Vernier technology beyond the walls and time constraints of a typical classroom, Chris Gleason, a middle school science teacher, and her husband, Jim, a retired electrical engineer, created the Greenhills Renewable Energy Dashboard (GRED). GRED collects, displays, and archives…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • SensorDAQ
  • Current Probe
  • Voltage Probe
  • And 2 more products

Study the Evolution of Respiratory Systems with a CO2 Gas Sensor

Darwin’s theory of evolution is a central concept in biology, and many instructors have been asking how our sensors can be used to teach evolutionary concepts. Experiments that investigate comparative physiology are often a good place to start, and Dr. Sara Tallarovic at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, has developed…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • CO2 Gas Sensor

Testing Chalk with VSMT

Shane Clarkson, a master’s degree candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, has come up with a great reason to keep chalk on your purchasing list. Shane has developed an experiment for introductory engineering students to explore the strength of blackboard chalk. Front view of centered 3-point loading condition In the experiment, students determine the…

Subjects: Engineering Education

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Structures & Materials Tester

Use the FLIR ONE® Thermal Camera to Investigate Skin Vascularity

Thermal imaging of finger (left) and bicep (right) after cooling with ice The Physics Department at Vernier challenged the Biology Department to develop an experiment for the FLIR ONE Thermal Camera and the Vernier Thermal Analysis app. Our physiologist realized that Experiment 2, “Effect of Skin Vascularity on Temperature Recovery,” in Human Physiology with Vernier…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • FLIR ONE® Thermal Camera for iOS
  • Thermal Analysis Plus
  • Graphical Analysis app
  • And 2 more products

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 Plus
  • FLIR ONE® Thermal Camera for iOS
  • Logger Pro 3

Graphing Periodic Trends Using LabQuest and the Graphical Analysis App

Periodic trend between atomic number and atomic radius The periodic table is a tabular representation of the chemical elements and their characteristics. When elements are arranged in order of increasing atomic number, their chemical and physical properties show a periodic pattern. Students can discover these patterns by examining the changes in properties of elements on…

Subjects: Chemistry

Products Mentioned

  • Original LabQuest
  • LabQuest 2

Tips for Measuring Oxygen Consumption and VO2 Max

We have received many inquiries on how to use Vernier equipment to measure oxygen consumption in humans during exercise. Many instructors ask how to measure VO2 max, the maximum volume of oxygen that a subject can utilize per unit time. Our physiologist has developed a simple activity for measuring oxygen consumption using our O2 Gas…

Subjects: Biology

Products Mentioned

  • Human Physiology with Vernier
  • O2 Gas Sensor
  • Spirometer
  • And 3 more products
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