Interactive modeling activities in the classroom - rotational motion and smartphone gyroscopes

A1 Journal article (refereed)

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Ray Pörn, Mats Braskén
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Physics Education
Volume number: 51
Issue number: 6
Start page: 1
End page: 7
eISSN: 1361-6552


The wide-spread availability of smartphones makes them a valuable
addition to the measurement equipment in both the physics classroom and
the instructional laboratory, encouraging an active interaction between
measurements and modeling activities. In this paper we illustrate this
interaction by making use of the internal gyroscope of a smartphone to study
and measure the rotational dynamics of objects rotating about a fixed axis.
The workflow described in this paper has been tested in a classroom setting
and found to encourage an exploratory approach to both data collecting and

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