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Investigation of kinetic friction using an iPhone


Baldock, C and Johnson, R, Investigation of kinetic friction using an iPhone, Physics Education, 51, (6) Article 065005. ISSN 0031-9120 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1088/0031-9120/51/6/065005


The iPhone is particularly suitable for mechanics experiments using the in-built acceleration sensor or accelerometer in-conjunction with the on-board data collection facility and a downloadable so-called 'app'. In this work the iPhone has been used to investigate the acceleration due to gravity and determine the coefficient of kinetic friction, μ k of the iPhone as an object sliding down an inclined plane. This method is more accurate than that usually employed in the laboratory where the 'fits and starts' of the block sliding down the inclined plane potentially invalidate the required assumption that the velocity is constant. In its simplest form the measurement of acceleration is required to be undertaken for only 2 angles.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:kinetic friction; iPhone; smartphone; acceleration
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Baldock, C (Professor Clive Baldock)
ID Code:113083
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2016-12-11
Last Modified:2018-05-04

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