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ERIC Number: EJ931777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Review of Sound Card Photogates
Gingl, Zoltan; Mingesz, Robert; Makra, Peter; Mellar, Janos
European Journal of Physics, v32 n4 p905-924 Jul 2011
Photogates are probably the most commonly used electronic instruments to aid experiments in the field of mechanics. Although they are offered by many manufacturers, they can be too expensive to be widely used in all classrooms, in multiple experiments or even at home experimentation. Today all computers have a sound card--an interface for analogue signals. It is possible to make very simple yet highly accurate photogates for cents, while much more sophisticated solutions are also available at a still very low cost. In our paper we show several experimentally tested ways of implementing sound card photogates in detail, and we also provide full-featured, free, open-source photogate software as a much more efficient experimentation tool than the usually used sound recording programs. Further information is provided on a dedicated web page, www.noise.physx.u-szeged.hu/edudev. (Contains 2 tables and 24 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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