Several students are analyzing last year’s robot, Sally, from the FIRST Robotics Competition to quantify her performance and uncover the secret behind her exceptional pushing ability. They placed a force plate against a wall and drove full power while against the force plate. Sally provided about 550 N of force!
After working through some of the introduction activities for the balanced forces model, we started whiteboarding the packet problems yesterday. We had a bit of a rough start, but a great discussion, as we struggled with the idea that constant velocity motion is due to balanced forces. I also realized that students had some really good questions about friction that we haven’t yet investigated. Next year, I may add a friction investigation before we start tackling these problems.
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