Once you let go of your marble, gravity takes over and the remainder of the ride is an experience in energy transformation.
Read on for more instructions.
Please make sure you have workable headphones CONNECTED to your workstation. Get a vocabulary sheet from your teacher.
WHILE watching the following video, please pay attention to the way the information is presented. This should serve as a template for your presentation. See below for the template used to assess your presentation.
AFTER watching this video, you should have an understanding of the following:
- The "Law of Conservation of Energy"
- The definition of work and how it is calculated.
- The differences between Kinetic and Potential Energy.
- The definition of a "Closed System"
- What is "Gravitational Potential Energy" and what part does it play in the design of your Marble Run.
- The relationship between velocity, speed, and Kinetic Energy.
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How Things Work
Visit this site to learn about the physics of rides at amusement parks, particularly roller coasters, free fall rides, bumper cars, and more. Click on the roller coaster, then scroll down and click on design a roller coaster to find out how physical laws affect ride design.
Kinetic and Potential Energy
At this site you can learn about kinetic and potential energy, the kinds of energy at work in roller coasters. Click on loops and turns to see what laws of motion are involved in these design features.
Visit this site to design a roller coaster by manipulating the height of the hills, sizes of the loops, speed of the coaster, and mass of the coaster on an interactive screen. This is a fun site, but it takes a while to load.
It is your mission to design the coaster so that you can achieve maximum thrills and chills without crashing or flying off the track (unless that’s how you like your coaster to work!).
If you accept this mission you must decide on a number of factors. You are responsible for setting the controls for the height of hill #1, hill #2, the size of the loop, the initial speed of the coaster, its mass, the gravity at work and the amount of friction on the track.
This tool offers a great way to play a roller coaster game, and learn while doing it. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this simulation and it will encourage you to think about how simulations can help you improve the way you learn.
Build a Coaster
Go to this Discovery.com site to build a roller coaster track. Click on the icons above and drop them into the box to create sections of the track. Then submit your design to see what a roller coaster designer thinks of your design. Be patient. This site takes time to load.