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ERIC Number: EJ936679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
The Infrared Thermometer in School Science: Teaching Physics with Modern Technologies
Girwidz, Raimund; Ireson, Gren
Physics Education, v46 n1 p64-72 Jan 2011
Infrared thermometers measure temperature from a distance, using the infrared radiation emitted by all objects. These so-called non-contact thermometers make a wide variety of temperature measurement and monitoring activities accessible to school-age students. Portable hand-held sensors also enable new or simplified investigations to be carried out with quick and easy measurements. Following thermal footprints is a simple but engaging activity for students: finding out which seat was occupied recently, which cup was filled with a hot drink and which with a cold drink, which car was being driven a short time ago and so on. Nevertheless, introducing and explaining infrared thermometry in schools is not trivial. To this end an introduction with four steps is proposed. (Contains 1 table and 15 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A