Tired Weight

This Tired Weight activity & project also includes:

You don't need a scale to determine weight. This activity provides a way to use the concepts of air pressure and surface area to determine the weight of a vehicle by calculating the amount of weight each tire supports.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Determine the amount of pressure needed to lift a heavy object
  • Provide an explanation of air pressure and its measurement of psi
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to a car parked on a flat surface
Pros

  • Calculations are easy to complete
  • Pictures provide a visual of what participants need to do
Cons

  • The activity is difficult to complete with large groups
Common Core