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Understand Friction 2

In this worksheet, students will answer questions about the forces of friction which are created by pushes and pulls.

'Understand Friction 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Forces

Curriculum subtopic:   Resistance and Friction

Popular topics:   Physics worksheets

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Worksheet Overview

Friction is the name of force which is created when two surfaces rub together.


Boy riding bike

Here is a boy riding his bicycle.


  • The friction between the tyres and the road prevent the rider slipping and skidding.
  • The friction between the brake blocks and the wheel slows the bicycle when he applies the brakes.
  • The friction between his hands and the handlebar grips prevents his hands slipping.


Friction SLOWS MOVING OBJECTS and prevents objects STARTING TO MOVE. Friction is measured in Newtons, just like pushes and pulls, using a forcemeter.


OK, let's have a look at what's going on with friction.

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