Newton Experiment

Name ___________________#_____

How Many Newtons of Force are Needed? We read in our text books on page 447 what a Newton is. How would you explain what a Newton is to someone who doesn’t have any idea what it is? _________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

We are going to test several objects and to see how many Newtons of force is needed to move each one. We will test them on different surfaces. The objects you are testing are a pocket dictionary, a tape dispenser, and a bottle of glue. You will hang each object to see how many Newtons it would take to lift each object. Then you will drag the objects on the tile floor, carpet, and up the slide to see how many Newtons is used on each surface. Fill in the chart as you go! Hypothesis: I think the ______________________will require the most Newtons to move it. I think the ______________________will require the most Newtons to move it.

Item

Force Needed to lift it in air [Newtons]

Force Needed to move it along tile floor [Newtons]

Force Needed to move it along carpet [Newtons]

Force Needed to move it up the slide [Newtons]

Dictionary Tape dispenser Bottle of glue

What is the force pulling down on the object as you lift it in air? __________________

What is the force that is acting on the object as you pull it along the floor and the carpet and up the slide? __________________________ Why does it require more Newtons to move the objects on the carpet than it does on the tile? ___________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ Make a prediction: how many Newtons do you think it would take to move the tape dispenser along the tile floor if we put water on the floor? _________________________ Explain why you think your prediction is correct. _______________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________-

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