Vernier app offers hands-on learning about thermal energy

June 28th, 2016

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Accompanying physics, chemistry and biology investigations have students analyze images and videos captured with the FLIR ONE Thermal Camera

Vernier Software & Technology developed a new free app to allow students to study thermal energy concepts by analyzing images and video captured with the FLIR ONE Thermal Camera for iOS.

Using the Thermal Analysis for FLIR ONE app, which is available for download in the App Store, as well as new investigations created by Vernier, students can measure temperature changes on the skin, illustrate convection, track heating due to friction, compare heat conduction in different materials, analyze the transparency of materials in infrared versus visible light, and more.

“The new app provides students with an engaging way to study and to visualize thermal energy,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “Ideal for BYOD and mobile learning environments, the app matched with our innovative investigations lets students easily collect and analyze thermal data, make scientific connections, and participate in hands-on learning.”

Already the world leader in thermal imaging, FLIR led the way in making this technology more accessible with the FLIR ONE. Now using the camera and Vernier’s new app, students can mark up to four locations or regions on the image to determine the minimum, maximum, or average temperature; graph live temperature data during an experiment; capture temperature data for everything in the video frame, thus providing the ability to analyze any object at any time; and, export thermal image videos to the Photos app or to Vernier’s Graphical Analysis app for further analysis.

Vernier’s science investigations all utilize the Thermal Analysis for FLIR ONE app. They include:
● Investigating the transmission and reflection characteristics of infrared light as compared to visible and ultraviolet light by observing a person through a variety of materials.
● Studying the thermal conductivity in solids using various materials of similar thickness, such as wood, cardboard, ceramic, steel, and glass.
● Creating a visual representation of thermal equilibration using a combination of petri dishes filled with warm and cool water.
● Investigating evaporative cooling with chemical imaging by observing the surface of a cup of various liquids.
● Analyzing heats of solutions using various solids dissolved in water.
● Exploring the effect of vascularity on skin temperature recovery after brief exposure to ice.
● Comparing reptile skin temperatures under a heating lamp and in the shade.

To learn more about the Thermal Analysis for FLIR ONE app and the accompanying investigations, visit


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