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Curve Ahead, Reduce Speed! Centripetal Force Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7362

Price: $40.70

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In the Curve Ahead, Reduce Speed! Centripetal Force Demonstration Kit for physical science and physics, determine the maximum speed an object can safely travel along a curved path under various conditions.

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Rounding a curve too fast on a bike or in a car can be dangerous! Determine the maximum speed an object can safely travel along a curved path under various conditions by analyzing the effects of the radius of a curve, banking the curve and friction on the rotational motion of a plastic “car” on a turntable. Simple and practical demonstration will develop students’ understanding of centripetal force, speed and acceleration and help them connect these concepts to everyday events. Materials are completely reusable!

Concepts: Centripetal force, Newton’s laws of motion, linear speed versus rotational speed.
Time Required: 15 minutes

Specifications

Materials Included in Kit: 
Block, PVC, gray, 7.4 cm x 3.3 cm x 1"
MDO plywood wedge, 3" x 3" x 1" high
Sandpaper strip, adhesive-backed, 3" x 12"
Wood turntable, 12" diameter x ¾"


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion
HS-PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Structure and function