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The majority of lesson ideas below require minimal resources other than the smartphone, and are relevant to introductory physics in high school and college. However, creative individuals are using smartphone science in more complex ways, with drones, engineering kits, and much more. Follow us on Twitter @PhysicsToolbox and see our Publications page for additional content.
Gas Laws in a Refrigerator
What is the relationship between the TEMPERATURE, PRESSURE, and RELATIVE HUMIDITY of a constant volume of air?
Place a smartphone inside of a sealed jar while recording data on the Barometer, Thermometer, and Hygrometer tools. Place the jar inside of a refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes. Analyze the data and describe the changes in all of the variables throughout the experiment.
Student worksheet from Vieyra Software Gay Lussac's Law
The Physics Teacher. "Kitchen Physics: Lessons in Fluid Pressure and Error Analysis."
Alfonso d'Ambrosio. "Experimenti con Microbit et Scratch: il sensore di temperatura dal frigorifero all'asiugacapelli."
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