Wrapping Up

This next week is the last week of the school year. So, it is time to finish our projects we have been working on and document it all. For the Segway project. We need to do a layout of the design along with the code (which is well commented) that was used to make the Segway preform. Once this is completed, the document will be put in a packet for anyone whom is willing to work on the project in the future to improve it, or willing to replicate the design.

Speed of Light and Segway

This week, I continued to work on the lab that was to measure the speed of light. We recorded four different measurements at a furthest distance of  140 meters. At this point, there was a lot of noise in the background and it was hard to read on the oscilloscope. After this, it was the last day for experimenting. We went the full distance of the hallway, 100 meters. This made the total distance 200 meters because the laser was bounced off of the mirror. We were able to line up the laser back to the recording device, however, the light from the laser was too weak at this point to be picked up by the recording device. At this point the Speed of light lab was complete.

Also, the segway has made some serious progress. It can now balance itself without any human help. The next step is to make it move forward without tipping.

MIDI Drums Finished

Today is the last day of the year for our class to be able to work on our robotic drums. They are fully functioning. There will be no more updates on progress since there will be no more progress.  We are now moving on to working on a final write-up/documentation of the robotic drums.

Speed of Light

This week, Austin has been working on rewiring the car, therefore there was not much for me to do in terms of the GPS Car this week. At the beginning of the week, a new GPS arrived and it functions with the old code. After this was discovered, Jed, Gerrick and I began work on measuring the speed of light. In order to do so, we use a power source that sends a signal to a laser and an oscilloscope. Th e laser is aimed at a mirror, and that mirror is pointed back at the device used to record the beam of light omitted from the laser. This device then also sends a signal to the oscilloscope. The time difference can be measured from the two signals. So far, the largest amount of time has been less than half a microsecond. We then determine the velocity of light using distance (which is measured with a tape measure) divided by time. Our results have been fairly consistent, averaging about 2.9×10^8 m/s. As the distance gets further, it is more challenging to line the laser beam up with the device that records the signal. Next week, we hope to measure at a distance of over 200 meters.