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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.
K - 5th Science 21 Views 89 Downloads
Friction Restriction: Creating a Design Plan to Redesign the Tread of Tennis Sneakers to Increase Friction
Students evaluate the friction of tennis sneakers and redesign them to increase friction. In this physics instructional activity, 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.
7th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 9 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
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.
4th Science 5 Views 16 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 10 Views 38 Downloads
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 30 Views 69 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
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 15 Views 31 Downloads
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 111 Views 85 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
9th Science 7 Views 38 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering 4 Views 10 Downloads
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 23 Views 56 Downloads
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.
9th - 12th Science 9 Views 32 Downloads
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.
7th - 8th Math 17 Views 79 Downloads
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.
4th - 6th Math 10 Views 54 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
3rd - 6th Science 3 Views 26 Downloads
Effects of Friction on a Moving Block
Students investigate how friction effects the movement of a block across surface areas. In this friction lesson plan, 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.
3rd - 5th Science 5 Views 50 Downloads