In Physics classes, students used the concepts of forces, motion, and energy to design and construct a model of a workable roller coaster. The roller coaster needed to have a "thrill factor" to attract crowds, and each model was required to have at least one loop, one turn, and three different heights. To ensure it would be safe for the public, students were required to calculate the speed, acceleration, kinetic energy, and potential energy on various locations of the ride. They worked as a team of engineers to create illustrations with precise measurements and built their models using only paper towel rolls, aluminum foil, PVC piping, plastic bottles, any type of tubing, sticks, glue, and tape. Each group made a presentation to their class, which included dropping a marble to demonstrate their roller coaster's functionality. Class members then voted on their favorite design.
Physics Roller Coaster Project