Coasters & Energy!
Warning! In order to complete this webquest,
read EVERYTHING. If, after reading everything, you are still unclear about
a step, see me. What's the best part
of an amusement park? While some might say cotton candy, churros, or water
rides, I believe the best part of amusement parks are the humongous roller
coasters. The bigger the better!! Why Roller Coasters? Because they're
awesome thrill-seeking, scream-provoking, vomit-inducing machines. Even
though these rides feel dangerous, they're actually very safe inventions
designed to feel as if you're breaking all rules of science. Are they?
Of course not, physics plays a huge role in the design, motion, & fun
of roller coasters.
Click here to watch "How stuff Works: Build It Bigger:Rollercoasters" Please watch the first 3 episodes. What's your Dream Roller Coaster? Close your eyes & picture
the amazing ride that awaits you. Draw a picture of your dream roller coaster.
How many turns do you have? Any loops? Any major free falls? Corkscrews?
Part 1: Physics Research:
Before designing a roller coaster, you need to know the
Step A : Terms
Newton's 2nd Law? ..Remember acceleration??
that's what I thought.. :)
Define the following words. PUT in your own words, but
you can find the definitions here:
Acceleration: click here
Centripetal Force : click here
G (force) : click here
Newton’s 2nd Law : click here
Kinetic Energy (KE): click here
Potential Energy (PE) : click here
Watch These Videos:
Time Warp: Roller Coaster Science: click
Roller Coaster Energies: click
Bill Nye on Energy: click
B: What is Energy: Use your text (pages 214-229) to answer questions, PLUS watch these movies to help your understanding:
Watch the Eureka's on Potential Energy (PE) :click
Energy (KE ):click here
is Potential & Kinetic Energy" click
here and click here
Go to : Physics4Kids: Momentum for information to answer the
................................................. second half
of the questions: click
Step C: Energy Math
Step D: Brain Pop: click
here : logon: mms308 passwd: marshall
Watch the 2 BrainPops on Potential Energy (PE) & Kinetic Energy (KE ) and answer the
questions in your packet.
Step E: Roller Coaster Animations : .Describe
2 of the 3 animations shown here
animation 1: click here .....animation 2: click here ..... animation 3: click here
Coaster Motion : So, here is the big question of the
How does a roller coaster continue to move through the twists & turns of
its track if it only uses an engine at the beginning? Read: Physics4Kids: Motion & Energy: click here
|Part 2: History of Roller Coasters:
Ever wonder where roller coasters were first created?
Curious what the talest coaster in the world is?
Step F: Answer History of RollerCoaster questions by visiting
the following sites:
Roller Coasters: Inventing the
Scream Machine Timeline: click
Roller Coaster Record Book: find the fastest/tallest/ etc: click
Amusement Park Physics: click here
Roller Coaster Database Glossary: click here
|Roller Coaster Elements
are many different elements of a roller coaste. Choose 8 of the "elements"
list to the right and explain what they are, and what they do.
Watch: How Roller Coasters Work: click here
|Step: G: Roller
Batwing ..... Butterfly Inversion ..... Camelback.... Cobra Roll....Corkscrew
.... Diving Loop ....
Hammerhead Turn .... Heartline Roll .... Horseshoe .... Immelmann Loop
.... Norwegian Loop ....
Pretzel Loop .... Raven Turn ....
Sea Serpent Roll .... Top Hat ..... Vertical Loop
use the sites listed below, or just "Google" the terms:
Wikipedia's Roller Coaster Thrill Elements: click here
|Roller Coaster Motion
Step: H: Did
you know?? Roller coasters use an engine & cable
only at the first hill.
After that, no more external
energy is added to it! That's amazing!
the websites listed to the right, complete the data collection sheet
to gather information regarding the types, heights, speeds, and lengths
of roller coasters from various amusement parks.
Watch a video about a rollercoaster designer!
click here and click here
Step: I Compare THESE Designs:
Flags Magic Mountain Coasters: click
(Ohio) Roller Coasters : click
............-King's Island (Ohio) Roller Coasters : click
Roller Coaster Physics: click
............Watch: The Tallest Floorless Roller Coaster: click
the Successful design questions.
| Design & Planning
are many different styles of roller coasters. Build yours on line, and answer the questions for part J
Step: J: Build your roller coaster on line: click here / click here
Your classroom coaster: Think about what
part of the room you want to build your marble roller coaster in.
What kind of special features do you want? Hills? Loops? Corkscrews?
Your group will be provided with 6 foam insulation pipes and a roll
of masking tape. Jot down at least 5 of your ideas.
Testing: Now go
build that Roller Coaster!