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Kinematic Labs with Mobile Devices

Jason M Kinser


As technology advances, education has expanded from the classroom into other formats including online delivery, flipped classrooms and hybrid delivery. Congruent with these is the need for alternative formats for laboratory experiences. This explosion in technology has also placed in the hands of a majority of students a sensor suite tucked neatly into their smartphones or smart tablets. The popularity of these devices provides a new avenue for the non-traditional kinematic lab experience. This book addresses this issue by providing 13 labs spanning the common topics in the first semester of university-level physics. Each lab is designed to use only the student's smartphone, laptop and items easily found and big-box stores or a hobby shop. Each lab contains theory, set-up instructions and basic analysis techniques. All of these labs can be performed outside of the traditional university lab setting and initial costs averaging less than $8 per student, per lab, excluding the smartphone and laptop. This text is not intended to replace in-lab experiences, but instead is designed to be a guide for those situations where an in-lab experience is not feasible. Instructors should feel free to modify the labs and the author looks forward to seeing the modifications and successes achieved.

About Editors

Jason M Kinser, DSc, has been an associate professor at George Mason University for more than 18 years teaching courses in physics, computational science, bioinformatics and forensic science. Recently, he converted the traditional university physics course into an active learning technology environment.

Table of Contents

LAB PREPARATION • Apps for Mobile Devices • Working with Spreadsheets • Laboratory Measurement • 13 LABS • Acceleration of an Elevator • Independence of x and y • Tension • The Atwood Machine • Conservation of Energy • Loss of Energy • Inelastic Collisions • Angular Acceleration • Efficiency of Momentum Transfer • Angular Momentum • Torques in Equilibrium • Pendulum • Kepler's Third Law


Paperback ISBN: 9780750327923

Ebook ISBN: 9781627056298

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-6270-5628-1

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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