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Talk at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Sebastian’s talk in Wuppertal on some phyphox use cases in schools and universities has been uploaded (in German).

The talk has been given at the Symposium 04 „Digitalisierung und Naturwissenschaften – Forschung, Lehre, Praxis“ on January 31 ( http://www.digitalisierung.education/digitalisierung-und-naturwissenschaften-2/).

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New assistant in phyphox team

We are happy to let you know that Jens Noritzsch has joined our phyphox team. Jens takes care of our social media and support channels. Furthermore, he will expand phyphox’ use in education and lifelong learning in future.

We would like to thank the Hans Hermann Voss Foundation for supporting Jens’ position.

Version 1.1.5: Spanish and Turkish

Earlier today we have published version 1.1.5, which mostly introduces new translations into Spanish (by Edinson Isai Carlos Abanto, Guillermo Jorge and Ruben Santiago Martinez) and Turkish (by Fatih Can Birinci). Note that the Turkish translation already partially slipped into previous releases by accident when it was still incomplete. There are also some minor improvements and a list of little bugs that have been fixed.

Changelog

Changes on Android and iOS

  • Spanish translation.
  • Turkish translation (this has partially been enabled before by accident).
  • Spectrum experiments now have a peak frequency history plot.
  • The apply-zoom dialog when leaving a graph now defaults to “reset”, but remembers if you want to keep the zoom for the next time.
  • Fix: Remote interface breaks if NaN / null values are to be plotted. (Typically in frequency history or Doppler effect experiments)

Changes on Android

  • Fix for Bluetooth Experiments failing to load if using specific conversion functions on many Android devices.
  • Fix Bluetooth input conversion “formattedString” failing when using indices without explicitly specifying empty labels.
  • Fix: GPS experiments crash on phone that do not offer a network-based location service.
  • Fix black background of graph toolbar on some devices (i.e. Pixel 3).

Changes on iOS

  • Fix unresponsive Bluetooth scan result dialog.
  • Fix for Bluetooth: Pick write with/without response depending on peripheral’s capabilities.
  • Fix Bluetooth input conversion “formattedString” failing when using labels (this is different than the similar Android fix).
  • Fix for crash when sending an empty /control or /export request to the remote access webserver.

File format version 1.9

  • New Bluetooth device atttribute “mtu” to request a specific MTU size.
  • Support for new sensor type “attitude”.


A little footnote, in case someone is wondering: Spanish is a great example for which the concept of representing languages with flags fails miserably. None of the translators above comes from Spain, so just using the Spanish flag feels rather unfair and wrong, but it needs to be in the picture as it is the one that is best associated with the language. Then which other flags to include? Well, I chose the ones matching our translators, but there is a long list of countries that might feel left out when just looking at the picture…

Ars legendi faculty award 2020

The ars legendi faculty award for excellent academic teaching in mathematics and science is being awarded for the seventh time by the Stifterverband, the German Mathematical Society (DMV), the German Physical Society (DPG), the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the society biology, bio sciences and bio medicine in Germany (VBIO). This yearly award is selected in the categories bio science, chemistry, mathematics and physics. It is the latter one, in which Professor Christoph Stampfer and Dr. Sebastian Staacks from the 2nd Institute of Physics and Professor Heidrun Heinke from the 1st Institute of Physics of the RWTH Aachen University received this year’s award for developing and disseminating the physics app “phyphox”.

By developing and continuously improving this app, the team permanently improved physics education in schools and academic teaching worldwide. By transforming common smartphones with their extensive sensor capabilities into powerful miniature laboratories, phyphox creates entirely new possibilities for teaching physics. Students of classical lectures can be drawn into an active role by contributing to experimentation that originally was only done as a demonstration on stage.

Website of the ars legendy faculty award (Stifterverband)
Press article of the RWTH Aachen University