Physics Blog

The View from a Small Town Physics Classroom

October 15, 2018

Veteran teacher Glenn Grant discusses how the SPARK LX Datalogger and preloaded software such as MatchGraph has increased student engagement and allowed for more actual science... Read More

Back to school? Recharge and Update your wireless sensors!

July 17, 2017

Don't miss out on free software and firmware updates.

PASCO Wireless Sensors often gain additional value over time with new functionality and increased performance. These benefits are ... Read More

An Open Bottle for Inquiry on New Year's

December 31, 2015

It’s New Year’s Eve, and with any luck, soon the music and Champagne bottles will be poppin’. Not only it is an opportunity to raise a glass in toast, it is also raises an interesting science ... Read More

May the Force Sensor Be With You

December 16, 2015

The Force Sensor Awakens! With the release of the newest Star Wars film you can channel your own Jedi powers and awaken your students’ interest by studying the Force— or at least forces. As Obi Wan says, forces are all around us, and ... Read More

Impulse Control - Studying Collisions

December 7, 2015

The unit on impulse and momentum is always a fun one to teach since it involves memorable demonstrations— like throwing an egg at a bed sheet. It also has great applications to driving safety, something that can never be reinforced too often ... Read More

Mechanical Bull Riding

November 18, 2015

We had a great time at CAST in Fort Worth, Texas last week. We had some fantastic BBQ and Tex Mex, but to really experience the cowboy scientist’s lifestyle we decided to investigate Forces and ... Read More

Measuring Our Way Through the Streets of Philadelphia

July 6, 2015

What better way to spend the days leading up to the U.S. Independence Day than to do some data-logging throughout the city where our government was born? As host of the 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, ... Read More

Impulse of a Rocket Engine – Area Under a Force Curve

December 11, 2014

Thrust curves for model rocket engines are a great way to explore impulse. While every student has everyday experiences with impulses, they are less familiar with the mathematical concept and resulting units of N’s. Analyzing force curves ... Read More

Newton's Second Law

September 17, 2014

Consider the below system that includes massless string and a frictionless pulley. The weight of the mass and hanger over the pulley causes the system to accelerate. Deriving the relationship is straightforward, and with the mass terms combined, ... Read More

Capstone Video Analysis

October 4, 2013

One of the many exciting features of PASCO Capstone software is the ability to analyze high speed video. In this particular activity projectile motion is explored with the help of a PASCAR ... Read More

Back-to-School Probe Prep

August 19, 2013

Most PASCO sensors and interfaces don't require any maintenance, but for continued accurate measurements, we recommend a little tune-up for some sensors at the beginning of the school year. Here are 10 tips to make sure your equipment is in optimal ... Read More