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ERIC Number: EJ1100301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Measurement of Coriolis Acceleration with a Smartphone
Shaku, Asif; Kraft, Jakob
Physics Teacher, v54 n5 p288-290 May 2016
Undergraduate physics laboratories seldom have experiments that measure the Coriolis acceleration. This has traditionally been the case owing to the inherent complexities of making such measurements. Articles on the experimental determination of the Coriolis acceleration are few and far between in the physics literature. However, because modern smartphones come with a raft of built-in sensors, we have a unique opportunity to experimentally determine the Coriolis acceleration conveniently in a pedagogically enlightening environment at modest cost by using student-owned smartphones. Here we employ the gyroscope and accelerometer in a smartphone to verify the dependence of Coriolis acceleration on the angular velocity of a rotating track and the speed of the sliding smartphone.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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