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A very scientific-looking but appealing set of slides helps you teach young physicists about the force of friction. First explain what static friction is and demonstrate how to solve problems. Then introduce kinetic friction and the associated equations. Finally, free fall through fluid friction concepts. Toward the end of the presentation, several slides display practice problems for viewers to try. The formatting of these slides is less-than-perfect, but easily edited so that the whole problem is visible.
Three activities are lined up to give physicists experience with reaction and hang times. They catch a falling meter stick by sight and by sound. They also jump and use the distance to calculate hang time. In a final practice problem, learners calculate the hang time of a Chicago Bears' defensive lineman given his weight and vertical jump height. These simple activities can really impress the concepts of reaction and hang time into the minds of your physics fans.