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A world without friction would be a very strange place. Young scientists explore the impact of this fundamental force on everyday life in this fun science investigation. Given a number of different fabrics children perform experiments to measure the force it takes to move shoes with different materials on their soles.
3rd - 5th Math 12 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Roller Coaster! Measuring Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, and Lost Energy
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.
6th - 12th Science 172 Views 128 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
9th - 12th Science 37 Views 75 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Science 22 Views 38 Downloads
Give Me a Brake
Learners explore the concept of how brakes can stop or slow mechanical motion. They examine the operation of a bicycle brake and use low cost materials to devise a simple braking system. Finally, they work as a team to suggest improvements to current bicycle brake designs.
2nd - 12th Science 7 Views 7 Downloads
Twisting and turning through the sky, roller coasters are popular attractions at amusement parks around the world, but how exactly do they work? Explore the physics behind these thrilling rides with an engineering design activity. Starting with a discussion of potential and kinetic energy and the law of conservation of energy, young engineers apply these concepts as they work in groups creating roller coasters using flexible plastic tubing and marbles.
3rd - 7th Science 29 Views 29 Downloads
Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Engineering Competition Suits
What a thrilling job for an engineer: designing advanced athletic competition suits! Which materials can most reduce friction and drag, and yet still be flexible enough to move with the athlete's body? With attention focused on Shani Davis, a gold-medal winner for speed skating in previous Olympic Games and hopeful for the Sochi 2014 games, viewers see all of the places that friction needs to be reduced.
6 mins 6th - 12th Science 16 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
9th - 12th Science 24 Views 57 Downloads
Air Resistance and Friction
Physics learners experiment with three laboratory activities to learn about air resistance and friction. First, they use a hair dryer to move different sized spheres to determine the relationship between cross-sectional area and air resistance.
9th - 12th Science 8 Views 22 Downloads
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.
4th Science 7 Views 39 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Science 7 Views 22 Downloads
A Hilly Ride
Different types of energy are the focus of this science resource. Learners identify situations in which kinetic and potential energy are exchanged. They conduct an in-class inquiry which leads them to discover that there is a limit to the amount of kinetic energy gained in any energy transfer.
5th Science 9 Views 34 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Science 12 Views 39 Downloads
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.
4th - 6th Science 13 Views 70 Downloads
Unit VII Energy: WS 3a Energy Transfer and Storage
Here is a nifty worksheet on energy transfer. Physics fanatics analyze a diagram and state whether or not friction is involved. They sketch bar graphs and draw energy flow diagrams for each system as well. Circular motion, movement up and down inclined planes, spring motion, and gravitational pull are all presented.
9th - 12th Science 6 Views 17 Downloads
Messing with Momentum
Twenty-one thought-provoking questions about momentum and impulse fill the page. Physics enthusiasts describe momentum, relate it to impulse, describe conservation of momentum, and define two types of collisions. They apply equations in order to find the force of friction, impulse, velocity, and momentum.
9th - 12th Science 43 Views 97 Downloads
Setting's Effect on a Character's Actions
Do the actions of a character in a story change based on the setting the writer provides? Learners explore the concept of character action in relation to story setting by investigating the setting and events in the story Science Friction.
3rd Language Arts 24 Views 39 Downloads CCSS: Designed