Using a fidget spinner to teach physics

Lucas Mesquita, Guilherme Brockington, Pamella Aline De Almeida, Maria Elena Truyol, Leonardo André Testoni, Paula F.F. Sousa

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In 2017, almost everywhere in the world, there was a boom in sales of fidget spinners. A toy that has 'multi-lobes' that can rotate freely from a thrust performed with the fingers. Thereby, we analysed the physics concepts that involved in this toy, such as angular and linear velocity. We did the analysis using the software Tracker, a laboratory light sensor, a free mobile application that turns the device flashlight into a strobe light source. Thus, we aim to show that it is possible to transform a well-known toy into an opportunity to work on physics concepts and to construct experiments in the classroom.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045024
JournalPhysics Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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