Pocket Physics: Using Your Smartphone as a Mobile Physics Lab!

Phone based experiment apps provide easy access to a phone’s sensors, such as the accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer.  Such data can be used to design a wide range of experiments, meaning that most of us are walking around with an advanced mobile physics lab right in our pocket!  This interactive workshop will focus on the free sensor/experiment app PhyPhox, which is available for both Android and iOS.  We will first cover the basic functionality of PhyPhox, and then perform some simple physics experiments that you could immediately use in your classroom with little to no equipment (other than a smartphone).  No prior experience with PhyPhox is necessary, and don’t worry, the PhyPhox app can be used outside of the physics classroom too, so even a physics background is not needed! 

 

Please download the PhyPhox app (https://phyphox.org/download) prior to the workshop.

Target Audience

11-12

Sessions

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

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Presenter

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
    Michael Harder

    Michael Harder is a physics instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  He takes a hands on approach to physics, using a bed of nails and glowing pickles whenever possible, and encourages students to apply physics ideas and thinking to everything (and every problem) around them.  When he is not trying to convince students that, yes, physics is important and yes, they actually can understand it, he pursues his research interests in magnetic materials and spintronics.