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The Force of Friction
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.
Finding the Friction
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.
Forces that Oppose Motion - It's Not Just Science Friction
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.
Introduction to Friction
Learners study the properties of the frictional force between two surfaces in contact. They inspect various phenomena in nature where friction plays an important role and demonstrate
Friction in Our Lives
Students explore force and friction. In this force and friction lesson, students discover everyday examples of how friction helps and hinders things we do. Students create a ramp to test the speed of their car. Students use different surfaces and record the results.
Friction Lesson Plan
Students demonstrate the concept of friction by conducting an experiment. In this friction lesson, students move objects across various surfaces to understand how friction works. Students discuss predictions and the outcome.
Sliders - Static and Kinetic Friction
Students work in groups to conduct experiments the demonstrate the differences between static and kinetic friction. They consider how friction affects us in our everyday lives, determine the effects of weight on friction and complete a worksheet.
Weight, Friction, and Equilibrium
In this weight worksheet, students read about weight, friction, and equilibrium. Students then complete 10 matching, 7 fill in the blank, and 8 word problems.
Friction-What a Drag
Students 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.
Friction Restriction: Creating a Design Plan to Redesign the Tread of Tennis Sneakers to Increase Friction
Young scholars evaluate the friction of tennis sneakers and redesign them to increase friction. In this physics lesson, students calculate starting, sideways and forward stopping friction. Using quantitative data, they prove that redesigning the shoes is necessary to make it safer to use.
Friction: Friend or Foe?
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.
Fourth graders investigate friction as a force that is present around us. They observe as a ball is rolled on different surfaces and stopped before discussing what happens. Using different surfaces, they make predictions as to what type of force each will exert, and they experiment to determine if their predictions are correct.
For this physics worksheet, students utilize their prior learned math skills in order to solve 10 problems regarding velocity, friction, distance traveled, and force.
Friction, Friend or Foe?
Ninth graders experiment with everyday objects to determine the frictional effects on motion. In this friction lesson, 9th graders determine how the type of material, weight, surface area, and speed of sliding objects influences the effects of friction on the object's motion. They identify motions that require friction and others that do not.
TE Lesson: Factors Affecting Friction
Students investigate the effect of weight on normal friction or the friction due to surface roughness. They tell about the effects of contact area that occurs as a result of molecular attraction by looking at data on line graphs.
Surface Friction and Wear Characteristics of Common Materials
Students identify the factors affecting friction. In this physics lesson, students construct their own rocket car and race them. They graph the average speeds and discuss how lubricants affect friction between rubbing surfaces.
Young scholars investigate that friction is a force, they explore the effect of friction on moving objects, and they compare distances an object travels down an inclined slope that has different kinds of surface resistance.
Students explore friction. In this middle school science/mathematics lesson, students collect and analyze data as they investigate the role of frictional force on motion. Students examine their results to see when more force was needed to move the block and note the corresponding surface.
Students explore the principles of magnetism and friction. They complete an interactive puzzle on the Gizmos and Gadgets computer software, construct a vehicle, build and modify ramps and vehicles to produce various outcomes, and complete a data sheet that graphs the race outcomes.
Effects of Friction on a Moving Block
Young scholars investigate how friction effects the movement of a block across surface areas. In this friction lesson, students experiment with five different surfaces to determine how each effects the movement of a block across them. They experiment with a smooth surface, wax paper, a paper towel, course and find sand paper. They predict and record the results on a graphing worksheet.