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Taking Advantage of Sensor Technology to Create a Home-Based Kinematics Class
  Location: HC 3040
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 7:00 PM -7:10 PM
  Author: Richard Gelderman, Western Kentucky University
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  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Sonic ranger sensors have been successfully used in physics labs and play a major role in the design of reformed introductory physics classes. We have recently taken advantage of advances in the portability and ease of use of sonic rangers to develop a lab-based kinematics course delivered completely online. Following established curriculum plans utilizing progressively scaffolded interactive labs, this course uses digital data collection and analysis as the foundation of an interactive peer learning experience. Students in our online "Concepts of Force and Motion" course are required to purchase an equipment kit that includes a USB-interface motion detector and data collection and analysis software. The overwhelming success of this effort is how much students enjoy using this lab equipment at their home. Our experience is that every student has managed to overcome any initial trepidation, to complete the class with a positive reaction to both the technology and the emphasis on experimentation.
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