The phyphox team has been awarded the “Archimedes award” 2019 by the “Verband zur Förderung des MINT-Unterrichts” (MNU, loosely translated: association to forward STEM education). The award entails 4,000€ sponsored by the Westermann group. It is awarded yearly, alternating in the fields of mathematics and physics, to decorate innovative concepts and teaching methods as well as particularly commited teachers.
The app has been developed at the 2nd Institute of Physics at the RWTH Aachen University under the direction of Prof. Christoph Stampfer and Dr. Sebastian Staacks statt and it is being continuously refined in cooperation with the 1st Institute of Physics under Prof. Heidrun Heinke and a team of PhD students.
The award does not only mention the app itself, but the MNU emphasizes the value of the accompanying material like the demonstration videos. With more than 600,000 installations worldwide phyphox has been establish in many schools since its first release in September 2016.
Press release by the MNU
Press release by the RWTH Aachen University
I’d like to share the work by Christoph Holz and Alexander Pusch from the University of Münster, who have created a 3D-printed coil that can be attached to the phone. This way, you can measure the current through the coil by measuring the resulting magnetic field. The have also created a phyphox experiment configuration, with which the coil can be calibrated, so you get a current-reading directly in phyphox.
This has been published in German in Naturwissenschaft im Unterricht Physik, 169, S.46-47 and a short version (also in German) can be read on physikkommunizieren.de. The phyphox configuration is listed and explained in English in our wiki.
Thanks to Wakana Okita and Keisuke Takashima phyphox now speaks Japanese. More information about our voluntary translators can be found on our languages page.
Changes on Android and iOS
Changes on Android
- Fix: The experiment “light” was not available if the list of preferred languages in Android did not support any language supported by phyphox.
I have been asked if phyphox can do Lissajous curves. Well, of course it can.
If you want to try it yourself, just open the following link on a smartphone with phyphox:
While we are still working to finalize version 1.1.0, we just published 1.0.14 with another translation: Portuguese. Check out languages page for more information.
Actually, this update has been released on Android more than a week ago and should just be a quick language update on iOS as well. Unfortunately, Apple has rejected the update as they decided that the experiment "roll" might damage the phone. So we had to remove this experiment and resubmit the app. Therefore, the update got delayed.
Changes on Android and iOS
Changes on iOS
- Fix flickering of audio scope.
There was a little error when compiling the new translations that introduced unfinished translations to the iOS version, which should not yet have been released (Turkish and Chinese to be specific). We have uploaded another version (1.0.15) for iOS, which should fix this as soon as it has passed the Apple review process.
It is time to add a few more events to our calendar. First of all, this Friday, we will of course be present at our university’s science night. Then, later this month there will be a colloquium in Marburg and in December we will also have a booth at the education conference in Beckum.
A little more than two years after our first public release (12th September 2016), we have surpassed half a million installs*. Thanks to all of you, who supported us, gave feedback or just told others about our work.
BTW: Our PhD student Dominik, got the cake from his girlfriend and though we would love to share it with all of you, a picture has to do (technical limitations, you know).
*Combined installs on Google Play (user installs) and Apple’s App Store (app units).
We have updated our events calendar with a workshop on everyday life physics at the central library of Cologne (fully booked), a physics colloquium in Leipzig and a talk in Saarbrücken.
The public beta for version 1.1.0 is available now. If you want to try the new features and give us feedback to fix any problems, please visit our forums for information on how to join the beta program.
(The beta is only available on Android as public betas are not supported on iOS. A closed beta will be offered when the iOS version is ready.)
In preparation to the start of our public beta test (tomorrow?), we have opened up the entire source code for the Android version of our app under the GNU General Public Licence. We aim to fully release the project under the GNU GPL with version 1.1.0.