Shoes and Friction Inquiry

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Warmup:
1) Sit in your assigned table group.
2) Open up your notebook to the “Friction Shoe
Experiment.”
3) Under the research heading, sketch the
bottom of one shoe for every one at your table
group.
4) The better the sketch, the better the
hypothesis.
Learning Target
With my table group, we will complete the shoefriction project and record our hypothesis,
graph, and analysis on the final poster.
With my table group, we will learn from our
mistakes and improve our poster by observing
the work of other scientists.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Turtle Committee meeting Monday after early release.
Project boards Friday – lab open after school
Basketball players cannot play without passing grade.
Fail science fair? A new assignment will be given to you which
you must complete on your own time or during a mandatory
after school project week.
Science fair – Thursday, 2/28. All required to attend.
Work with the people in your assigned table groups
Problems with Intel application – see Mr. Jamsa today*
ENERGY FLOWS THROUGH THE SYSTEM
Food
Chemical
Grab and
Pull Shoe
Mechanical
Friction with
Floor
Thermal
FAR SIDE TUESDAY ON BLOCK DAY
QUESTION: IDENTIFY THE SHOE IN YOUR GROUP THAT
WOULD PROVIDE THE BEST FRICTION ON THE MOST
SURFACES IN THE ROOM.
RESEARCH
Independent Variable: Shoe
DV: Force to drag shoe at constant velocity
1) Facts from Bill Nye Video
2) Draw a picture of the souls of the shoes of the people
in your group. Write other observations.
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER FROM BILL NYE
Friction: The opposing force present when things
rub against each other.
A) Examples of Friction:
B) What increases friction?
C) Explain how you hold onto smooth things.
D) Describe what you can do to shoes to help
increase friction.
ON THE POSTER, YOU MUST INCLUDE
1) One of your hypothesis
2) Your data table or a good graph.
3) Your analysis.
Leave space – you will want to upgrade later.
HYPOTHESIS
We believe that on the classroom floor, ____________ shoe will
create the most friction because _______________________.
We believe that on the carpet, ____________ shoe will create the
most friction because_____________________.
EXPERIMENT - PROCEDURE
Material List – shoes, surfaces to be used, spring scale.
1) Set shoe 1 on classroom floor/ carpet.
2) Attach Spring Scale to back of shoe.
3) Pull shoe across surface at a slow and constant
velocity.
4) Record reading on Spring Scale.
5) Repeat process on different surface.
6) Repeat steps 1-5 with other shoes.
Create a data table to record your results.
Show Mr. Jamsa your work before proceeding.
NEWTONS REQUIRED TO MOVE SHOE ON TWO
FLOORS
Shoe One
Floor One
Floor Two
AVERAGE
Carpet One
Carpet Two
AVERAGE
Shoe Two
Shoe Three
EXPERIMENT
Follow your procedure, complete your data table,
and don’t forget to record your observations.
Make a well labeled bar graph with your results.
ON THE POSTER, YOU MUST INCLUDE
1) One of your hypothesis
2) Your data table or a good graph.
3) Your analysis.
Leave space – you will want to upgrade later.
ANALYSIS
1) Problems with the experiment include (at
least 3)…
2) How we could/ did solve these include…
3) Looking at the data, it appears that…(which
shoe won?)
4) Reasons why that ______shoe won include
5) Future studies include…
FINAL GROUP REFLECTION – BACK OF POSTER
Three key things we learned from our tour around the
class includes:
A)
B)
C)
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