Investigation of the Rotational Motion of the Fidget Spinner by Means of Technical Informatics

  • Anikó Somogyi University of Szeged, Faculty of Science and Informatics, Department of Technical Informatics
  • András Kelemen
  • Róbert Mingesz
  • János Mellár
Keywords: interdisciplinary education, technical computer sciences, Arduino, LabVIEW, Excel Data Streamer


The boundaries between science, engineering and computer sciences seem to have been blurred in the 21st century. Microcontroller programming plays a role in informatics education, while modern physics teaching integrates the potential of computer simulations and computer-controlled measurement experiments. In order to demonstrate the latter, we present an experiment to precisely identify the dynamic causes of a kinematic phenomenon solved by means of technical computer science. To investigate the role of air resistance, we developed a vacuum chamber in which the signals of sensors were detected by the NI myDAQ multifunctional device and the popular Arduino UNO. A wide range of ways are presented to control data acquisition and numerical analysis of a quadrangle signal produced by a photogate, as well as graphical representation and evaluation of derived time-dependent signals. Controlling the two devices due to their characteristics and hosting of measured data by a computer require different programming techniques from the user (LabVIEW, C/C++). The results and methods of the study can be applied in physics and computer science education at a secondary school level.


How to Cite
Somogyi, A., Kelemen, A., Mingesz, R., & Mellár, J. (2020). Investigation of the Rotational Motion of the Fidget Spinner by Means of Technical Informatics. Central-European Journal of New Technologies in Research, Education and Practice, 3(1).
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