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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.
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.
Students 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.
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.
In this physics activity, students utilize their prior learned math skills in order to solve 10 problems regarding velocity, friction, distance traveled, and force.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While building rollercoaster tracks for marbles is definitely age-appropriate for middle schoolers, the calculations on the lab sheets for this lesson are above most of them. Physics fledglings measure the potential energy at the beginning of a track, the kinetic energy at its end, and the amount lost to friction along the way. From these values, they calculate the height that a loop can be inserted and still have the marble make it from beginning to end. Hold on to your hats, because it's sure to be a rolicking time!
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.
Middle schoolers 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.
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.
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.
Students 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.
Young learners explore friction. They view a video or DVD (bibliography provided) and define terms related to friction,and work in groups to experiment with the effects of friction on speed and motion using ramps and toy cars.
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.
Students investigate how friction effects the movement of a block across surface areas. In this friction activity, 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.