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Modeling the Force of Friction

Students measure the force of kinetic and static friction between a friction tray and dynamics track using a wireless force sensor. They vary the weight of the tray to gather five data points and create a model for kinetic friction. They use their model top predict the force of kinetic and static friction and then test their prediction.

Source: Physics Lab Station Investigations

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Force Acceleration Sensor

Wireless Force Acceleration Sensor

The Wireless Force Acceleration Sensor simultaneously measures force, acceleration, and rotational velocity without the inconvenience of wires.

Discover Friction Accessory

Discover Friction Accessory

Four plastic trays with unique surfaces (cork, felt, and 2 plastic) to use with dynamics carts and sensors.

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