Signals and Sensors

In this lab, students will learn the characteristics of sensors and when to use them. Students will learn about the various signals used to measure the sensors. They will investigate an IR sensor by taking measurements, and later they will be given temperature and strain measurement scenarios with specifications and several sensor choices. Based on the specifications, the students will decide which sensor is best suited for the application.
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This is lab 1 of 10 in the course, Student Projects for Measurements and Instrumentation.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the purpose of a sensor and the different types and characteristics of sensors.
  2. Discuss the characteristics of a signal and how they relate to the physical world.
  3. Analyze a spec sheet and choose an appropriate sensor based on a measurement need.


  • Introductory Physics
  • Basic LabVIEW Proficiency
  • Basic Breadboarding Skills


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Measurements Parts Kit for NI ELVIS III

A set of components for sensor and signal exploration that complements the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) to enable teaching concepts in measurements and instrumentation.

Required Software

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  • NI ELVIS III Software Bundle (2018 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • NI ELVIS III Toolkit

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