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The Science of Racing: Coefficient of Friction (Skid Pad)

Published on 08/17/2011

Activity Overview

Because racing can happen on various surfaces, teams must be prepared to choose the best tires for the surface on which they are racing. Knowing the coefficient of friction between different tires or tire coatings and surfaces will allow teams to choose the best tire for a particular surface and race. A higher coefficient of friction will allow for a higher speed without sliding.

Before the Activity

Use the assessment questions before and after the activity.

During the Activity

All instructions for the activity are included in the attached documents.

After the Activity

Use some of the pre-assessment questions as post-assessment for this activity.