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The Force sensor uses a strain gauge bonded to a high tensile strength beam. 

The sensor measures compression and extension forces applied perpendicular to the beam. Comes complete with accessories to use with the most common investigations.

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Teaching applications:
  • Simple harmonic motion in a spring
  • Centripetal force in a pendulum
  • Bungee (impulse, momentum, conservation of energy and resultant forces)
  • Newton’s laws of motion e.g. action and reaction
  • Frictional forces
  • Hooke’s law
  • Resultant forces – static and dynamic
  • Impulse and collisions
 

Force sensors around a tree
Extension and advance ideas:
  • Changes in the circumference of a tree during a 24 hr period
  • Buoyant force (flotation and resultant forces)
  • Forces and moments in levers
  • Triangle of forces
  • Demonstration balance
  • Muscle fatigue test
  • Sampling speed up to 20us intersample time
  • Supplied with Spring, solid and rubber cushioned stops, hook
  • Measures compressive and extensive forces. In collisions only measures compressive forces
  • PC Software function can change force to inverse

Contents/Details:

±50 N (Resolution 0.1 N)

Available Resources

Downloads Force Sensor Manual
Doc No.: DS038 | Issue: 2

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Collisions - Using two motion sensors and a force sensor

Teaching Materials

Diurnal variations In tree trunk (Biology (14-18) eBook)
Uses a force, light and temperature sensors to measure the effect of transpiration and photosynthesis on the trunk circumference of a tree in leaf. Excellent for data analysis exercise

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Muscle fatigue (Force sensor) (Biology (14-18) eBook)
A fun activity to demonstrate muscle fatigue. Uses a force sensor to record how long you can keep a grip.

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Floating (Physics (11-14) eBook)
A study into the immortal question why does an iron ship float? and a wooden block sink!

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Why do things float? (Physics (11-14) eBook)
In this simple investigation, a block of solid material is lowered into water. The force the block exerts on the Force sensor when it is suspended in air is compared to the force it exerts on the sensor when suspended at different depths in water

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Upthrust and floating (Physics (11-14) eBook)
When it was first proposed to build ships out of iron many people laughed at the idea, common experience told them iron sinks and wood floats. This was why ships were made of wood. Most students will still think along these lines. Here is a way of addressing the conflict.

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Stretching materials using a distance and force sensor (Physics (11-14) eBook)
Students are asked to hang mass onto materials and measure the extension caused by the stretching force. In this version, the stretching force is measured directly by a Force sensor in newtons (N). The

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Static friction (Physics (11-14) eBook)
Measure the friction that stops and object moving. Basic method that could be adapted to other investigations.

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Forces, levers and moments (Physics (11-14) eBook)
In these two experiments, we are looking at the turning effect produced when a force acts around a pivot. During the course of the investigations the students will also be introduced to the idea of the ‘moment of a force’ and how to calculate it.

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Levers, balance and mechanical advantage (Physics (11-14) eBook)
In these two experiments, we are looking at the turning effect produced when a force acts around a pivot. During the course of the investigations the students will also be introduced to the idea of the ‘moment of a force’ and how to calculate mechanical advantage.

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Pulleys (Physics (11-14) eBook)
A study of how force is divided in pulley system and how we can make work easier.

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Simple harmonic motion In a spring (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
Force and motion / distance are both measured in this study of SHM.

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Simple Harmonic Motion In A Spring Ms Ft Dmv (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
In this investigation, the Force Sensor is used to measure the restoring force in the spring as it oscillates. At the same time the position of the mass is continually monitored using the Motion Sensor.

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Simple hamonic motion In a spring (alternative distance measurment using a Rotary motion sensor). (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
change of distance with time is plotted alongside changes in force in this alternative study of SHM.

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SHM: Impulse and change in momentum during an oscillation. (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
The force sensor is used to measure the restoring force in an oscillating spring. Distance and force are both monitored

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SHM: Calculation of K from a graph of F vs. (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
Create a force vs. extension graph and then calculate K, the spring constant

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Explosions and recoil (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
Magnets are used to repel two carts.momentum, impulse are calculated and compared.

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Bungee Jump - resultant forces (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
Monitor the changing forces in a model bungee jump.

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Bungee jump - impulse and change in momentum. (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
Extension of simple monitor of forces in bungee jump. Addition of a light gate gives the additional information to calculate velocity and impulse.

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Bungee Jump - force vs. extension and work done (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
Students collect the Force and extension data for a rubber cord that is stretched by the addition of masses. Use the example of a bungee jump to apply the knowledge and create the ultimate thrill fall experience.

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Centripetal force in a pendulum. (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
This experiment measures the centripetal force acting on the bob of a pendulum, and the speed of the bob. The force in the pendulum is measured continuously, and the speed of the bob is measured as it passes through the mid point of the oscillation.

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Forces acting on a floating object (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
When it was first proposed to build ships out of iron many people laughed at the idea, common experience told them iron sinks and wood floats. Measure the forces in floating to explain why iron can float!

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How does upthrust change as object sinks? (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
1. The upthrust increases as the object sinks further into the liquid. 2. The upthrust is proportional to the depth (h) immersed. 3. Upthrust is equal to the weight of liquid displaced – Archimedes Principle.

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Upthrust and density (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
The upthrust depends on the density of the liquid, the more dense the liquid the greater the force should be required to sink an object into the liquid. Why is it easier to swim in salty water or the dead sea?

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Forces In Levers (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
In this activity, first class levers are studied. From the results, the mechanical advantage of the moments of the system can be calculated. A force based approach to levers and balancing around a fulcrum point.

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Pulleys (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
Use a force sensor to measure the forces in pulley systems. Hopefully this will lead to an understanding of how multiple pulley systems reduce the effort of lifting heavy objects.

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Hooke's law - Force extension of a spring (Physics (14-18) Motion & Forces eBook)
Masses are added to a spring and the distance the spring extends and the force the mass applies are measured by sensors. The data can be used to create a force extension curve and create a calibrated weighing balance. Explanation and application of Hook's law.

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Muscle fatigue (Force Sensor) (Science in Sport (11-18) eBook)
Measuring muscle fatigue by grip.

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Reducing impact (Science in Sport (11-18) eBook)
The investigation allows the students to measure the forces in an impact and design solutions to reduce the maximum force and extend the time the force is present, both desirable outcomes if you are to reduce damage or potential for damage.

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Forces In levers (Science in Sport (11-18) eBook)
In this experiment, first class levers are studied – they are simpler to understand. From the results the mechanical advantage of the moments of the system can be calculated.

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Make a safe car (Science At Work (11-16) eBook)
This is an activity to involve the students in making a safer car, and understanding the role of the modern cars crumple zones.

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