Air Track - Inclined Plane Friction

Purpose

To show that the force of friction depends upon the conditions of the surfaces in contact.

Equipment

Air track tilted by box, small glider with 10 gram counterweight.

Setup Time

5 min.

Images

c6-05

Description

With no air pressure on the tilted air track and an appropriate counterweight, the glider will be held in placeby friction. Start the blower and, if the counterweight is sufficient, the glider will move up the incline.