This website allows the student to design a simple roller coaster, and it then evaluates the roller coaster based on physical principles such as potential energy and circular motion. It rates the roller coaster on safety and on fun, and it gives an explanation of the ratings for each section of the roller coaster.
Applying basic laws of physics, Engineering, amusement park, kinetic energy, potential energy, potential energy, roller coaster physics
Metadata instance created
December 24, 2005
by Cathy Ezrailson Annenberg Foundation
October 14, 2011
by Caroline Hall
Last Update when Cataloged:
November 1, 2005
This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion Unit Title: The Case of Roller Coasters
Want to do a quick lesson on energy transfer in a roller coaster, but can't devote more than one class period? This simulation lets kids design a very simple roller coaster, then it evaluates the design based on physical principles, safety, and "fun factor". Good springboard for further inquiry into energy transformation.
Topic: Conservation of Energy Unit Title: Conservation of Energy
This simulation allows the student to design a simple roller coaster, and then evaluates the roller coaster based on physics principles. It rates each student's roller coaster design for safety and fun, with detailed explanations of the strength or failing of each design. This simulation could work well as a starting point for studying roller coaster motion. The resource below is a perfect follow-up.
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