Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Coefficients of Friction

Students use a Smart Cart to determine the static and kinetic friction coefficients between two contacting surfaces.


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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
2.2 3.C.4.1; 3.C.4.2

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Advanced Physics 1 Lab Manual

Coefficients of Friction