Aim: To measure forces. Method: 1. Measure the forces in each of the situations listed in the table below, plus a few more of your own choice. Your teacher will demonstrate the correct method of using a force meter. 2. If you don’t have a factory made meter, the CD describes how to make one yourself. 3. Do repeat measurements wherever possible. Object Force (N) (Repeat measurements 3 times) Average (N) (average of 3 measurements) Force needed to lift a pencil case Force needed to open a door handle Friction force when dragging a bag along floor Force needed to unzip a pencil case ? ? ? Evaluate: 1. Circle any measurements that greatly differ from the average. What is the point of doing repeat measurements? 2. Describe any factors or conditions that seem to cause ‘unusual’ results, and suggest what you could do to improve the measurements.