ERIC Number: EJ1074909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Low Cost Alternatives to Commercial Lab Kits for Physics Experiments
Kodejška, C.; De Nunzio, G.; Kubinek, R.; Ríha, J.
Physics Education, v50 n5 p597-607 Sep 2015
Conducting experiments in physics using modern measuring techniques, and particularly those utilizing computers, is often much more attractive to students than conducting experiments conventionally. However, the cost of professional kits in the Czech Republic is still very expensive for many schools. The basic equipment for one student workplace in the case of professional kits such as Vernier, Pasco or Coach costs around 800?euros. In this paper some physics experiments in which a computer, or a tablet with Microsoft Windows, is used as the measuring device, along with available physical devices such as a laser pointer, a solar cell or an electret microphone, are presented as suitable and alternative ways to carry out lab work. We show that it is possible to perform very simple school experiments (both as a central demonstration and as individual experimentation), in which high accuracy and clear final conclusions can be achieved at a very low cost. Further information is published on the specialized webpage www.sclpx.eu/index.php?lang=en. The worksheets are in Czech, but the English version is in preparation.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments, Physics, Foreign Countries, Costs, Mechanics (Physics), Scientific Concepts, Acoustics, Motion, Secondary School Science, High Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic