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ERIC Number: EJ912909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Using the Scroll Wheel on a Wireless Mouse as a Motion Sensor
Taylor, Richard S.; Wilson, William R.
Physics Teacher, v48 n9 p608-609 Dec 2010
Since its inception in the mid-80s, the computer mouse has undergone several design changes. As the mouse has evolved, physicists have found new ways to utilize it as a motion sensor. For example, the rollers in a mechanical mouse have been used as pulleys to study the motion of a magnet moving through a copper tube as a quantitative demonstration of Lenz's law and to study mechanical oscillators (e.g., mass-spring system and compound pendulum). Additionally, the optical system in an optical mouse has been used to study a mechanical oscillator (e.g., mass-spring system). The argument for using a mouse as a motion sensor has been and continues to be availability and cost. This paper continues this tradition by detailing the use of the scroll wheel on a wireless mouse as a motion sensor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A