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ERIC Number: EJ1143235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Finding the Average Speed of a Light-Emitting Toy Car with a Smartphone Light Sensor
Kapucu, Serkan
Physics Education, v52 n4 Article 045001 Jul 2017
This study aims to demonstrate how the average speed of a light-emitting toy car may be determined using a smartphone's light sensor. The freely available Android smartphone application, "AndroSensor," was used for the experiment. The classroom experiment combines complementary physics knowledge of optics and kinematics to find the average speed of a moving object. The speed of the toy car is found by determining the distance between the light-emitting toy car and the smartphone, and the time taken to travel these distances. To ensure that the average speed of the toy car calculated with the help of the AndroSensor was correct, the average speed was also calculated by analyzing video-recordings of the toy car. The resulting speeds found with these different methods were in good agreement with each other. Hence, it can be concluded that reliable measurements of the average speed of light-emitting objects can be determined with the help of the light sensor of an Android smartphone.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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