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Friction as a force

Class Details

Grades

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Duration

60 minutes

Subjects:

Math

Science

Technology

About the Class

Speed, Banking and a Race Car

Friction as a force and energy in action can help a race team to victory lane or slow them down. Students will have a chance to explore how friction impacts racing from the engine to the tires to braking. Additionally, students will discover the role of motor oil and its viscosity impact on friction. Through a two-part experiment, students will have an opportunity to test their knowledge of friction by building a car that utilizes friction to move, and also conduct an experiment on the viscosity of motor oil as it compares with other fluids both on and off the track. The student’s data can be utilized by teachers for post activities at school.

Curriculum Standard Alignments (NGS, CCS)
PS3.A, PS1.A

NC State Standards
7.P.2; 6.P.2; 8.P.1

SC State Standards
6.P.3; 7.P.2B