Seventeen professors of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics recently spent four days at Vernier for in-depth, hands-on training on the latest tools for data logging in the science teaching laboratory. They represented several different universities throughout Brazil. They were joined by representatives of Hiperlab, Vernier’s Brazilian representative, and hosted by Jake Hopkins, Verle Walters, and Gerard Ezcurra. They even provided a Brazilian serenade at the Vernier Oktoberfest celebration!
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Physics with Video Analysis contains 32 new video analysis activities for introductory physics at either the high school or college level. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, circuits, sound, thermodynamics, electrostatics, and more. The activities are centered on a collection of ready-to-go videos created for this book. Collecting good videos for analysis can be challenging, and the provided videos are a delight to work with.
Measure real-time electricity usage with the Watts Up Pro with Logger Pro or LabQuest. Collect data such as real power, potential, current, and apparent power. The Watts Up Pro also calculates a wide variety of data, including maximum watts, frequency, and cumulative costs.
STEM 2 with Vernier® and LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT has activities using a Force Sensor, Magnetic Field Sensor, Voltage Probe, and Gas Pressure Sensor. It covers topics in physical science and engineering, including mechanics, pressure, electricity, and magnetism. Students are challenged to build and program robots for testing batteries, finding land mines, and controlling a Cartesian diver. Twelve classic labs done with these same sensors and the NXT are also included.
The White Digital Bioimaging System allows you to view non-fluorescent, visible stain gels, capture the image digitally on a computer and analyze the data using Logger Pro software, making gel analysis less tedious and produce better results.
As part of the Irish Leaving Certificate Senior Physics syllabus, students from the Christian Brothers Boys’ Secondary School, in Dungarvan, Ireland, study the contributions of Ireland’s two greatest scientists: Robert Boyle and Ernest T. S. Walton. It just so happens that these two giants in science have a local connection – they were both born in the southeastern coastal county of Waterford, not too far from the school.