As an introductory physics teacher, I love the roller coaster simulation developed by National Geographic and the Jason Project. I couldn't find a student accountability page that helped target students towards the energy concepts I wanted them to be developing by engaging in the simulation, so I made one I'd like to share with you!
This student page includes:
Instructions for accessing the simulation
Data to be taken on multiple iterations of design using the simulation
Analysis of potential and kinetic energy of the roller coaster train at multiple points in the journey.
Diagramming a successful final coaster design
Reporting of coaster "score" as reported by the simulation
Though questions concerning the forces involved in moving and slowing the roller coaster, as well as relationships between height, speed, kinetic and potential energy.
All on one page, front and back! Enjoy.
Note: Computer with internet access required to utilize the simulation. Best in a 1:1 student:technology learning situation. Can be completed in pairs.
Link to resource is included in handout. To check out the coaster creator resource before purchasing, google search it, or use this link: