Students will better understand the concept of friction as they apply it to a real world problem. Students will collaborate to prevent phones from getting broken while they are being shipped. To do this, students will need to design an investigation to see how they can increase the force of friction. Students will be tasked with developing a question to test, making a procedure, setting up their data table, collecting data, graphing the data and making conclusions. All of these steps are included in the student work packet. Students will share their results with the class in order to make evidence based conclusions.
Note: lab requires wooden blocks with hooks attached with different materials students can attach to the bottom (burlap, aluminum, plastic, cloth, etc.) materials that can be attached to a surface, and blocks of different sizes (small square, large square, small rectangle, large rectangle) so students are able to test different variables. (size/ shape, box material, floor material) A spring scale or other way (cup with string attached using washers) of measuring the amount of force is also needed.