Student Exploration: Force and Fan Carts
Directions: Follow the instructions to go through the simulation. Respond to the questions and
prompts in the orange boxes.
: force, friction, position, speed
Prior Knowledge Questions
(Do these BEFORE using the Gizmo.)
If you are pushing a shopping cart and you start pushing harder, what happens?
What happens to a shopping cart if you get it rolling and then release it?
In the Gizmo, turn the fan
). Did the cart move?
). Press the
fan speed button to turn on the fan. Click
. What happened?
is something that causes change in motion. What provided the
force that made the cart speed up?
The speedometer shows the cart’s
how fast it moves. A speed of 30 cm per second means the
cart moves 30 cm every second. What was the final speed of the cart?
is a force that works against motion as surfaces rub each other. Click
. Select the
. What was the final speed this time?
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