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Static and Kinetic Friction
Use a force sensor to investigate static friction and kinetic (sliding) friction.
This experiment investigates static friction and kinetic (sliding) friction. Students:
- Compare static and kinetic friction for a system.
- Calculate the static and kinetic coefficients of friction between two surfaces.
Students gain experience by:
- Measuring the static and kinetic forces of friction for an object sliding along a track.
- Identifying the static and kinetic forces of friction on a Force versus Time graph.
- Analyzing data collected in the lab to determine the static and kinetic coefficients of friction between two surfaces.
Sensors / Equipment Used:
Designed to measure both pulling and pushing forces. Uses range from collisions to tug-of-war.
Dynamics cart masses ~ at least 2
Discover friction accessory
String (optional) ~ 10 cm
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