Lab 4: Friction

by Veronica Davis (Cornell University)

 

 

 

Name: ______________________________

 

Date: ____________________

 

Group Members: _______________________

 

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Objectives

        Understand and define friction

        Observe the effects of friction on an object

 

 

A. Pre Lab Questions

1. What is friction?

The friction force opposes the motion of the object.

 

 

2. Name the types of friction and give examples of each.

Static: prevents objects from sliding. Example: tires on a car

Sliding: causes slipping to occur. Example: Ice

 

B. Group Lab

Refer back to Lab 1: Zoooooooooom! How Fast is Fast? Using the same materials and procedures, you will repeat the exercise in the parking lot and the side walk.

 

 

Predicting

1. Do you think the car will move faster or slower on the sidewalk than when you did the experiment on the floor? Why?

 

 

 

 

2. Do you think the car will move faster or slower in the parking lot than when you did the experiment on the floor? Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

C. Data Collection

 

 

Parking Lot

Trial Number

Distance

Time

Average Speed

Average Velocity

1

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sidewalk

Trial Number

Distance

Time

Average Speed

Average Velocity

1

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D. Conclusion

1. Looking at your results, which surface had the highest average velocity?

 

 

 

2. How does this compare to your predictions?