Coasters and Corkscrews: Amusement Park Physics
- Grades 5-6
Have you ever wondered why you slide into your friend when you're on the Tilt-A-Whirl, or why you don't fly out of a rollercoaster even when you're traveling upside down? Examine the physics of our everyday lives and how these forces work in popular amusement parks.
Explore key concepts such as acceleration, gravity, and potential and kinetic energy as you investigate how rides are engineered to utilize these concepts for thrilling results.
Using virtual lab spaces and simple building products, design your own amusement park rides, employing Newtonian mechanics to maximize your results.
Fall, Winter, and Spring Time Commitment: 4-5 hours per week (1 hour class time, 3-4 hours independent work).
Summer Time Commitment: 12-15 hours per week (3 hours class time, 9-12 hours independent work).
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
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- Steel marble (glass marbles are OK)
- Foam pipe insulation (diameter large enough for the marble) 30 cm metric ruler
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