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students were asked to create roller coaster rides that demonstrate physics principles such as: gravity, G-forces, Newtons, acceleration, velocity and force. Newton’s laws were discussed in preparation for the rides. The students were divided into groups and asked to think about some main objectives for the ride. Examples included: Safety, acceleration, weightlessness (zero gravity), and drastic changes in force. They then created a “blueprint” of the ride with a ride name, length safety features and description of the ride.


Questions, comments or suggestions about this model may be sent to:
Dr. Leigh Little, The College at Brockport

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Interactive Physics

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