Ants on a Slant (Inclined Plane)

Lift food using ants with the help of a slanted stick. The steepness of the stick, the number of ants, and the size of the item being lifted can be varied. Observe the effect of friction on sliding objects.

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  • Understand that an inclined plane supports an object by pushing up on it.
  • Discover that inclined planes help make lifting an object easier by combining their supportive force with the lifting force applied by whoever is pushing the object.
  • Relate the length of the plane to the reduction in required force.
  • Be aware of disadvantages of inclined planes.
  • Discover that friction causes work (energy) to be wasted when sliding objects.
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