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Free Body Diagrams

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will explore the relationships of the different forces on an object such as weight, normal force, parallel force, and friction.

Objectives

  • Students will explore the force due to weight and the normal force.
  • Students will determine the relationship between weight, normal and the force parallel to an incline.
  • Students will explore friction force and its relationship to weight, normal, and the parallel force.

Vocabulary

  • force
  • weight
  • normal force
  • parallel force
  • force of friction

About the Lesson

Students will be exploring the relationships of the different forces on an object such as weight, normal force, parallel force, and friction.
As a result, students will:

  • Be able to determine weight.
  • Understand the relationship between weight and normal force on a surface.
  • Be able to determine the relationship between weight, normal, and parallel forces.
  • Determine the effect of friction on the system.