Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, First International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Smartphone: a new device for teaching Physics
Jose Angel Sans, Javier Manjón, Vanesa Cuenca-Gotor, Marcos Herminio Gimenéz-Valentín, Isabel Salinas, J. J. Barreiro, Juan Antonio Monsoriu, Jose Antonio Gomez-Tejedor

Last modified: 10-06-2015


This paper reports on the use of smartphone’s sensors to perform several experiments designed to teach fundamentals of Physics. We have adapted traditional physics laboratory sessions to the use of the different sensors that can be found in a typical smartphone, such as an accelerometer, and light and magnetic field sensors. The existence of a large repository of free AndroidTM and AppleTM applications which exploit the characteristics of these sensors facilitates the design of new experiments. A survey was done to the students in order to obtain feedback and to evaluate the success of the experience. The results of the survey showed a good acceptance of this method triggering their curiosity, with an average mark of 9 over 10. This project offers to the student a new way to think on smartphones as an attractive tool for possible application in experimental measurements and scientific demonstrations and not only as a socializing tool.


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