Science with a Smartphone: Decibel Meter

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Editor’s Note: We have strived to maintain accessibility in our Bring Science Home activities by limiting the required technology. We recognize technology is now more widely available than it was when we began this’series in 2011 and that it can add value to scientific exploration. This is our first activity that requires the use of a smartphone or tablet. Please let us know what you think! E-mail [email protected] with feedback about the use of technology in this’and future’Bring Science Home activities.

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Introduction Did you know that you can use a smartphone as a scientific instrument to explore the world around you? Smartphones contain many built-in electronic sensors that can measure phenomena such as sound, light, motion and more! In this activity you’ll use a phone’s microphone to examine the loudness of different sounds in your environment. How quiet is a library? How loud is that truck roaring by? Try this activity to find out!

  • Publisher: Scientific American
  • Author: Science Buddies Ben Finio
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  • Publisher: Medium
  • Date: 2019-03-11T04:16:01.156Z
  • Author: Charles Xie
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The manned submersible surfaces after dark after a failed mission to recover a stranded ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), in the Indian Ocean near the Seychelles, Wednesday March 13, 2019. The previous day, an accident severed the cable connecting the drone to the mother-ship of the British-based Nekton mission. The camera-carrying ROV is a vital image-gathering tool that can go deeper than the submersibles. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

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  • Author: JERRY HARMER and DAVID KEYTON Associated Press
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