Take the physics outside the classroom with Sensor Tools

 

 

Sideric Sensor Tools is an iPhone app that lets students perform classroom physics experiments using their own smartphones.

 

Sensor Tools uses inbuilt sensors and internet connectivity to turn the phone into a personal instrument for physics experiments, collaboration, and learning.

Version 1.2 includes two modules:

 

  • Motion Tracking - for capturing, analyzing, and plotting the motion of, e.g., a falling ball or a glider on an air cushion track. 
  • Light Refraction - for analyzing the refraction of light from one medium to another and determining the index of refraction.

 

All data, graphs, and video/photo material can be easily exported to Dropbox and shared via email.

 

It works! Read about our first teaching experiment here