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Labs with everyday items

  1. Oct 18, 2012 #1
    So I'm student teaching right now in a poor school with a physics program less than 3 years old. The lab equipment is not great.

    So I'm trying to set up a lab on forces, friction, etc... but there is not a lot of the stuff I'm used to using like the tape timers to measure acceleration. But we don't have those.

    So what can I do on a small budget or with every day items?
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  3. Oct 18, 2012 #2

    George Jones

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  4. Oct 18, 2012 #3

    Andy Resnick

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    Since the coefficient of (kinetic) friction can be measured with an inclined plane, why not cover a board with sandpaper and have the students measure the inclination angles for a range of objects: metal, wood, plastic...

    One important result is that the angle at which motion begins is independent of the weight of the sliding object.
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