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A Study on the Rolling Motion of a Rigid Body by Using a Smartphone Application
New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2019; 69: 202~207
Published online February 28, 2019;
© 2019 New Physics: Sae Mulli.

Hanjin KIM, Se-Hun KIM*

Faculty of Science Education and Research Institute of Education Science, Jeju National University, Jeju 63243, Korea
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Received September 20, 2018; Revised November 22, 2018; Accepted December 19, 2018.
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We investigated the rolling motion of a rigid body by using a smartphone application to verify the feasibility of using the smartphone as an alternative to the traditional experimental instruments employed in schools. Rolling motion is a combination of translational and rotational motions. This study assessed whether physical quantities, such as position, velocity, and acceleration, could be analyzed by using a smartphone to collect data on such parameters. The experiments on the rolling motion of a cylindrically shaped wheel were carried out using a smartphone application called Sparkvue. The results are discussed from the perspective of the viability of using a smartphone as an alternative to the usual experimental tools.
PACS numbers: 07.07.Df, 04.80.-y, 06.30.Gv, 07.05.Hd, 07.05.Tp
Keywords: Rolling motion, School science, Acceleration, Cycloid, Smartphone

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