FRICTION and Car Building
What is the difference between the way the back wheels
are connected and the front wheels are connected? Why should the
wheels go on so that the yellow hub is closest to the beam?
Project 1: Make the ramp by putting two 2 by 4 blocks
together at one side of the green plate and turning it upside down.
Place the car so that it is exactly even with the
edge and let go. How far does the car go? Squeeze the wheels
on the axle close to the sides of the car. How far does the car travel
now? Move the wheels apart about a millimeter from the sides of the
car. How far can the car travel now?
Replace the 2 by 4 plates with 1 by 4 plates.
Notice the car can be more of a non-rectangular parallelogram now.
With the car a bit non-rectangular how far does the car travel? Write
about the reason plates that are 2 studs wide are used with wheels and
axles. Make a car that goes farther than these cars go. Draw a picture
of a car you made. Write about how you reduced friction on your car.
LEGO Links of Linda
ATI Transportation k12 LEGO Projects
April 7, 2001
Materials: LEGO Dacta Motorized Simple Machines. Paper,
pencil. Colored pencils or crayon optional.
Procedure: Two students work together per set. One student
should be in charge of making sure the building is done carefully and pieces
are placed back at the end. One student should be in charge of making
sure the report is done well and turned in.
Math concepts: Measuring in inches and centimeters. Geometry
shapes and angles.
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