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This inquiry-based lesson for Grades 6-9 introduces the concept of friction as a force that impedes motion when two surfaces are in contact. Students use a spring scale to measure the frictional force between a moving coffee mug and the surface it slides on. This resource includes background information for teachers, suggestions for lesson introduction and closure, and extension activities.

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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
= Friction
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
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Keywords:
Newton's Laws, frictional force, kinetic friction, static friction
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Metadata instance created October 11, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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August 4, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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August 23, 2010

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4E. Energy Transformations
  • 6-8: 4E/M2. Energy can be transferred from one system to another (or from a system to its environment) in different ways: 1) thermally, when a warmer object is in contact with a cooler one; 2) mechanically, when two objects push or pull on each other over a distance; 3) electrically, when an electrical source such as a battery or generator is connected in a complete circuit to an electrical device; or 4) by electromagnetic waves.
4F. Motion
  • 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
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(Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, Boulder, 2004), WWW Document, (https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/duk_friction_smary_less).
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Teach Engineering: Discovering Friction, (Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, Boulder, 2004), <https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/duk_friction_smary_less>.
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Teach Engineering: Discovering Friction. (2010, August 23). Retrieved October 30, 2020, from Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering: https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/duk_friction_smary_less
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National Science Foundation. Teach Engineering: Discovering Friction. Boulder: Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, August 23, 2010. https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/duk_friction_smary_less (accessed 30 October 2020).
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Teach Engineering: Discovering Friction. Boulder: Integrated Teaching and Learning Program: Teach Engineering, 2004. 23 Aug. 2010. National Science Foundation. 30 Oct. 2020 <https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/duk_friction_smary_less>.
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