Assessment resource Wild ride: get a grip: assessment

TLF ID L7969

Assess your ability to conduct a test, collect data and make predictions. Also assess your understanding of how friction affects bicycle tyre performance. Test the friction force applied by bicycle tyres under different conditions and record the data in a notebook. Use the collected data to select the correct tyre to use for best performance in simulated time trials. For example, select rough tread tyres for maximum grip on a soft, wet surface. Predict the performance of untested tyres based on your investigation of the relationship between tyre grip and friction.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students correctly collect all data on the friction force applied by bicycle tyres under different conditions.
  • Students correctly select tyres for the best performance for different surface conditions.
  • Students accurately predict the performance of untested tyres based on their investigation of the relationship between tyre grip and friction.
Educational value
  • Assesses student achievement of learning objectives.
  • Illustrates relationships between tyre grip and friction forces generated for different surfaces.
  • Simulates lab testing procedures and data measurement, including the use of a force transducer.
  • Provides tables for students to record experimental results.
  • Allows students to select tyres for different conditions and test their predictions.
  • Includes a printable report detailing the data gathered and all the results and conclusions of the investigation.
  • Provides an opportunity on the printed report for students and teachers to comment on the student's learning progress.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Physical sciences
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    Concept
    • Science/Equipment
    • Science/Everyday life
    • Science/Energy transfer
    • Science/Force
    • Science/Machines - simple
    • Science/Motion
    Skill
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Technical implementer
    • Organisation: The University of Western Australia; The Centre for Learning Technology
    • Address: Nedlands WA 6907 Australia
    • URL: http://www.clt.uwa.edu.au/
    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Government of Western Australia; The Department of Education
    • Address: East Perth WA 6004 Australia
    • URL: http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    Access profile
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Assessment resource
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    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256kb/s or faster.
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.