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Conference: Bucharest University Faculty of Physics 2019 Meeting


Section: Physics Education


Title:
Arduino and Tracker video – didactic tools for study of the Kater pendulum


Authors:
Bogdan CHIRIACESCU(1,2), Fabiola CHIRIACESCU(1,2), Cristina MIRON(1), Catalin BERLIC(1), Valentin BARNA(1)


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Affiliation:
1)University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, 405 Atomistilor Street, 077125, Magurele, Romania

2)Theoretical High School ”Nicolae Iorga”, No 1 Scolii Street, 125100, Nehoiu, Romania



E-mail
b.chiriacescu@gmail.com, fabichiriacescu@gmail.com, cmiron_2001@yahoo.com, cberlic@gmail.com, barnavalentin@yahoo.com


Keywords:
Inquiry-Based Learning, STEM, Kater pendulum, Arduino microcontrollers, Tracker, physics education.


Abstract:
The paper describes the use of two lab tools of Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for study of the Kater pendulum. First tool is based on Arduino microcontrollers and compatible sensors and the second ones uses Tracker Video Analysis (Tracker) software. The laboratory experiment involves measurements of the oscillation period of the Kater pendulum, finalized with for now classical calculation of the gravitational acceleration. We compared the results obtained with both tools, finding a very good agreement between them. Our aim is to motivate students on the study of STEM fields in their future educational pathway by applying inquiry based learning using these lab tools.