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Building a Roller Coaster Forces at work

Building a Roller Coaster  Forces at work
Building a Roller Coaster  Forces at work
Building a Roller Coaster  Forces at work
Building a Roller Coaster  Forces at work
Building a Roller Coaster  Forces at work
Building a Roller Coaster  Forces at work
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BUILD A ROLLER COASTER FORCES PROJECT

Students will build their own small-scale model roller coasters using pipe insulation and marbles, using prior knowledge they have learned about kinetic and potential energy and frictional effects in order to design a roller coaster that is completely driven by gravity. Feel free to modify any part that doesn't fit your desired outcome.

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Learning Goals:

After this activity, students should be able to:

  • Explain why it is important for engineers to understand how roller coasters work.
  • Explain in physics terms how their model roller coasters work.
  • Discuss the effects of gravity and friction in the context of their roller coaster designs.
  • Use the principle of conservation of energy to explain the design and layout of roller coasters.
  • Identify points in a roller coaster track at which a car has maximum kinetic and potential energy.
  • Identify points in a roller coaster track where a car experiences more or less than 1 g-force.
  • Identify points in a roller coaster track where a car accelerates and decelerates.

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