Joy riders activities expose students to the world of amusement parks. A brief history is provided to allow students to connect the dots on how the modern amusement parks evolved. The science behind the amusement parks is intriguing since the rides traverse most concepts learned in physics but the assignment’s center of attention is limited to energy, force and motion. Students should be allowed to wander around other concepts such as electricity, magnetism, waves and matter as they work on the assignment.
Joy riders activities include amusement park history, guided reading questions, rider’s price list, a journal, vocabulary cards and fact maps. Students will interpret causes and effects and observe patterns in different rides, investigate the relationship between forces acting on an object and that object’s motion, and be able to predict the motion of an object
SPS7. Students will determine relationships among force, mass, and motion.
a. Apply Newton’s three laws to everyday situations by explaining the following:
• Relationship between force, mass and acceleration
• Equal and opposite forces
S8P2.b. Explain the relationship between potential and kinetic energy.
S8P3. Students will investigate relationship between force, mass, and the motion of objects.
a. Determine the relationship between velocity and acceleration.
b. Demonstrate the effect of balanced and unbalanced forces on an object in terms of gravity, inertia, and friction.
S8P5: Students will recognize characteristics of gravity, electricity, and magnetism as major kinds of forces acting in nature.
a. Recognize that every object exerts gravitational force on every other object and that the force exerted depends on how much mass the objects have and how far apart they are.
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