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Physicists experiment with the coefficient of static friction on both a level surface and an incline. After answering five pre-lab critical thinking questions, learners go to the lab. They determine the mass required to get a solid wooden block to overcome friction. They also find the angle of an incline required to get the same block moving. A data sheet and 12 analysis questions are provided to guide kids through this propelling experience.
Mr. Kirwan of the Nevada Joint Union High School District has put together a fun group of problems to solve using the coefficients of friction. In some cases the objects in motion are on level ground and in some cases on in inclined plane. Both static and kinetic friction are addressed. With eight questions in all, this can be utilized as a homework assignment or an in-class quiz.
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.
Using a hands-on approach, learners explore the effect of friction on objects. Learners use toy cars, shoes, wood, metal, and more to experiment with the causes and effects of friction. Afterwards, they conduct experiments in which they figure out ways to reduce friction.
Three friction activites are presented in this lab sheet. Unfortunately, there are no procedures written for part one. During parts two and three, physics aces investigate the force of friction using a block of wood, a spring scale, and a smooth board that can become a ramp when propped up. They analyze the data gathered with pertinent questions and computations. Perhaps you can imitate these two sections on a fresh lab sheet.
Learners predict the factors that affect frictional force by exploring surfaces and "trains". In this physics lesson, small groups predict and explore frictional force using various surface materials. Exploration time is allowed, and then the teacher brings the group together to discuss the controlled variables in the experiment. The students return to their experiment to draw conclusions.
Students compare and contrast the movement of objects on different surfaces, experimenting with friction and forces of motion. This friction lesson has numerous online tools including worksheets and virtual activities; the option is also available to use offline resources.
Given a chart of materials and their corresponding coefficients of static and kinetic friction, your physics class can practice solving friction problems. Three scenarios are presented: a hard steel plate on a hard steel table, a Teflon-coated lead block on a steel table, and an aluminum block on a steel table. Learners solve problems involving friction, change, acceleration, and force. This exercise provides straightforward and valuable practice.