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Overview

PASCO Capstone is the next leap forward in software for data acquisition, display and analysis and destined to be the new standard in advanced physics and engineering labs. 

Not an upgrade on existing software, PASCO Capstone was built from the ground up to be the most powerful and flexible option available.

While it was designed in conjunction with the 850 Universal Interface, Capstone is completely compatible with all current PASCO Interfaces - and even older interfaces such as the Power Link and Science Workshop 750 or 500. 

The hallmarks of Capstone are powerful features, and unprecedented flexibility.  

Create and customize lab pages quickly and easily setting sample rates and tool palettes for each page individually.  Sync your data collection with video or replay your data collection at slow, normal or fast speed.  Simple to use tables make it easy to rearrange and analyze data and the calibration wizard will aid in setting up experiments simply and accurately.  And the Undo/Redo function makes it easy to try out new features.

PASCO Capstone supersedes our previous award-winning physics software, DataStudio, with greater features and functionality. Current DataStudio users should give Capstone a try as it will allow you to open all your DataStudio files while providing you with new features and options.

Features

FeatureDescription
Ease of Use Photogate Timing Wizard, Sensor auto-ID, Drag and Drop Displays, Undo/Redo, Easily Resize Objects and more
Content Access Over 40 Complete physics experiments with free download files covering Mechanics, Oscillations, Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics and Quantum Physics
Customizability Customize workspace, sampling conditions, and exclude/delete data points from analysis.
Video and images Sync sensor data to video, track an object and display data in a graph or table.

Student Journaling

Students can take snapshots of their workspace pages, compare their results and save or print them

Smart Tables Insert a column in a table by simply clicking a button.  Insert a calculated column and create an equation directly in the table. Or input manually sampled or user created data quickly and easily.
Data Displays View data in graphs, meters, digits, data tables, and histograms
Oscilloscope Multi-trace oscilloscope with trigger can be scaled directly by dragging the axes
FFT Create FFTs with multiple measurements and then zoom in on the data to get more resolution
Curve Fits Includes 24 curve fits for both introductory and advanced physics topics
Analysis Tools Include visual statistics, transparent plots, scientific constants and units library, a powerful scientific calculator, area under a curve, delta tool, and data replay
Signal Generator Available when used with an interface with a function generator, such as the 550 or 850 Universal Interfaces
Interfaces Compatible with all current PASCO interfaces as well as discontinued USB interfaces such as the PowerLink and ScienceWorkshop 500 & 750
DataStudio users For longtime DataStudio users - you can open all your DS files in PASCO Capstone making the transition seamless.

 

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Screenshots

  • Easy layout of workbook pages. Choose from a template and fill it with data.
  • Create table columns with ease. Simply click a button to insert a column.
  • Drag a display onto the page and other displays will move and resize to make room
  • Insert a calculated column and create the equation in the table.
  • Click and drag dividers to resize and realign multiple displays at once.
  • Insert equations easily.Equations created in a word processor can be copied into a text box.
  • Manually Sample Data in Any Order. Click in any cell and the current value shows.Fill the cells in any order.If you revisit a cell to replace the reading, you can see both the previous value and the current value
  • Capture and Synch Video to Data. Track an object(s) in two dimensions and display the data ina graph or table.Rotate the coordinate axes to compensate for a camera that is not level.Make measurements of the length or diameter of objects.
  • Go Wireless. Sudents can record the sensor data and sent it to the computer via Bluetooth. The data is sent wirelessly to the desktop computer and displayed live with the video being recorded by the webcam.
  • Snapshot workspace pages into the Journal and save them.Save as a set of .png pictures and an html file so you can view the journal pages with an Internet browser. Add annotations for each page
  • Sophisticated calculator.Type calculations using Greek symbols, subscripts and superscripts, making equations look more like they do in text books.
  • Calibration Wizard. When needed, calibration of sensors is quick and easy.
  • Photogate Timer Setup Wizard.The wizard takes you through the steps of creating a timer for the photogates, using graphics to make it clear which timing mode you are choosing.
  • The histogram accumulates the number of values of a measurement that fall within bin ranges of your specification. It is useful for statistical experiments.Display multiple runs side-by-side, stacked or overlaid.Find Statistics such as the mean, root mean square, and most probable value.Export data to the graph for curve fit analysis.
  • Title/Captions on Displays. Bold titles make it clear which measurement is being displayed. Graphs are labeled as figures and you can add a descriptive caption.
  • Perform FFT analysis and use the capability to zoom in for greater detail.
  • As you zoom in on the FFT, initially the bins are large (in pink), but the software automatically adjusts the bins to give greater detail (in blue).
  • Transparent plots.The data is painted in a transparent color, so multiple passes get progressively darker. Without this feature this graph would be solid purple with no detail showing.
  • Visual Statistics. Statistics are displayed on the graph with lines at the maximum, minimum and mean. The standard deviation is shown as a shaded area.
  • Control All Aspects of Function Generators.Whether it is the 550 or 850, our stand-alone function generator or even the discontinued 750 Interface, you can adjust all the settings independently.
  • Exclude or Delete Data Points from Analysis.After highlighting the portions you want to remove the excluded points will be shown as gray X's and then ignored when you push auto-scale.
  • User-defined Error Bars.Enter individual error values for each data point/ You have the option to use unequal positive and negative error values

Trial and Licenses

Try PASCO Capstone risk free for 60 days.

Existing Users:  Download the latest version.

Capstone 1.6.0 released 7/15/2016

Or select the appropriate license below to purchase a licensed copy of PASCO Capstone.

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PASCO Capstone Single User License

PASCO Capstone Single User License

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Install Capstone software on a single computer for classroom demonstrations, or individual activities.
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PASCO Capstone Single User License Digital Download

PASCO Capstone Single User License Digital Download

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Install Capstone software on a single computer for classroom demonstrations, or individual activities. Digital download only.
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Capstone College/University Department License
For U.S. sale only.

Capstone College/University Department License

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Install Capstone software in a college or university department for classroom demonstrations, or activities.

For U.S. sale only.

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Capstone College/University Department License (Digital Download)
For U.S. sale only.

Capstone College/University Department License (Digital Download)

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Install Capstone software in a college or university department for classroom demonstrations, or activities.

For U.S. sale only.

Electronic delivery – download after purchase.

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Capstone K12 Campus License
For U.S. sale only.

Capstone K12 Campus License

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Install Capstone software on a K12 campus level for classroom demonstrations, or activities.

For U.S. sale only.

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Capstone K12 Campus License (Digital Download)
For U.S. sale only.

Capstone K12 Campus License (Digital Download)

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Install Capstone software on a K12 campus level (including home computers) for classroom demonstrations, or activities.

For U.S. sale only.

Electronic delivery – download after purchase.

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PASCO Capstone Site License
Available to Non-U.S. customers only.

PASCO Capstone Site License

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Install Capstone software all computers on a non-U.S. K-12 campus or in a college/university department.

Available to Non-U.S. customers only.

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PASCO Capstone Site License Digital Download
Available to Non-U.S. customers only.

PASCO Capstone Site License Digital Download

UI-5400-DIG   - 

Install Capstone software all computers on a non-U.S. K-12 campus or in a college/university department. Digital download version only.

Available to Non-U.S. customers only.

Electronic delivery – download after purchase.

Details

System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements for PASCO Capstone
Windows
  • 7 or higher*
Mac
  • OS X 10.8.5 or later
Processor
  • 2 GHz or faster (only required for Video Analysis features)
RAM
  • 2 GB or greater RAM
Resolution
  • 1024 X 768 or greater
Disk Space
  • 200 MB available
USB
  • At least one free port and/or Bluetooth® capability
Bluetooth Classic
  • Bluetooth capability if using PASCO Bluetooth classic devices
Bluetooth Smart

*Contact Teacher Support if you are using XP or Vista

Supported Languages

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French (France)
  • German
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Spanish

License Information

Single License authorizes installation and use of the Media on a single computer. A Site License authorizes the installation and use of the Media on every computer located at a single K-12 institution campus, or every computer of a single department at a college or university. In addition, the Site License entitles you to install the Media on computers owned and used by active faculty and staff, and on computers owned and used by students enrolled and physically attending class on the campus.  Read the Full License Information for PASCO Capstone.