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Friction Discuss this eTheme.

Learn about the physics of friction and how it affects our daily lives. Watch videos or play games that demonstrate the importance of the concept. Perform mini-experiments to better understand the concept. Learn more about how friction is important to heat energy.

Grades

  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8

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Explore the basics of friction: understand the definition and what conditions can increase/decrease friction. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Learn how different types of surfaces and levels of resistance impact the speed of a moving vehicle in the interactive game. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Experiment with road speeds and conditions to see how effectively scooterboy can traverse the hilly conditions and safely reach his destination.
Click on the Test Track icon to move Freddy to his Friction Test Track where he will experiment with how the track surface and the angle of the slope how far his go-kart can travel.
Act as a physics detective in this interactive game that tasks learners to explore the rides at a theme park and find out which ride should be closed so that visitors are safe.
Rub two particles together (friction) and see what happens to the temperature of the objects.
Experiment with friction using a wooden board and some everyday objects. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Explore how friction impacts heat energy with some simple experiments. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Geared for grades 3-5, this lesson on friction includes an overview, objectives, and essential questions.
This video discusses the the concept of friction. Includes demonstrations and activities. NOTE: This video may be more effective with older students.(Total Running Time: 29:39)
This site includes an interactive activity and quiz through which younger students may learn about the concept of friction.
Learn about different forces involved in acceleration, including friction and gravity. Watch a video, take a quiz, complete an interactive activity or read more. NOTE:Site available by subscription only.
Learn more about the role of friction in the creation of fire. Watch a video, take a quiz, complete an interactive activity or read more. NOTE:Site available by subscription only.
Explore how friction relates to heat. Watch a video, take a quiz, complete an interactive activity, or play a game. NOTE:Site available by subscription only.
Explore more about friction and how it is important to heat energy. Watch a video, take a quiz, complete an interactive activity or read more. NOTE:Site available by subscription only. (BrainPOP Jr. is a separate subscription from BrainPOP.)
These sites cover the basic concepts of physics. Learn about force, motion, and friction using interactive simulations where you can manipulate the variables. Includes links to an eThemes on Simple Machines, Magnets, and Gravity.
These sites have simple experiments that will expose students to scientific methods and processes. Students learn to conduct experiments based on scientific inquiry as well as understanding it at the conceptual level. Includes examples on forming research questions and hypotheses, identifying dependent and independent variables, presenting data, and writing conclusions. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Scientific Method, Scientific Principles, Science Fair Projects: Ideas and Organization.
Find out what scientific method is all about. Learn major principles in science: problem, hypothesis, observations, experiments, theory, and law. Take quizzes to test the hypothesis that you know how to do science. Includes a video, animation, online quizzes, lesson plans, and printable worksheets. There are links to eThemes resources on scientific method, qualities of a scientist, understanding science, and science fair.
These sites describe the general method used in scientific research. They also include the research process, the role and purpose of theory, and the history of the method. Includes links to eThemes Resources on science fair projects, scientific principles, understanding science, qualities of a scientist, and science experiments for elementary.

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