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ERIC Number: EJ1001278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Skateboard/Longboard Speedometer Project
Hare, Jonathan
Physics Education, v47 n4 p409-417 Jul 2012
A simple, low-cost infrared LED speedometer is described that can be fitted to a skateboard, longboard or even a bicycle to measure speed. Notes on building, setting up and calibration are given. When used with a low-cost data logger, continuous measurements of speed can be made while out and about. The device forms an interesting science club project and would be a great introduction for potential physicists and engineers to scientific instrument design, testing and calibration as well as generating lots of their own interesting data to analyse. (Contains 10 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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