From the forums: Using Adafruit Metro to revolutionize Physics Labs


Adafruit forums user vadabit posted up to tell us about his latest project for his physics honors course. He writes:

My Name is Sidharta (Sid). I am a 9th Grader in NJ (Montgomery High School) doing Physics Honors course. Although we have good equipment to measure velocity and acceleration (on a ramp), the equipment was expensive and somewhat cumbersome.

I have been playing with Adafruit’s electronics for almost 2 years now (my dad – Kumar Vadaparty — bought a lot of stuff from you and taught me a lot)….and thought why can’t I build one to measure these in a modable, affordable and portable tool.

I built one using your Metro (it is a great Arduino) and IR sensors (they are cheap — $2/pair) — it came out great. I published 3 articles in Instructables explaining (a) the Physics (b) the mechanical building of it using Laser Cutting at Philadelphia’s Next FabLab (c) The electronics & Code. The code is in Github.

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Check out more on the project here.

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