Sample Video 34: Physics 9: The Science Behind Roller Coasters

How does energy apply to the design of roller coasters? How do roller coaster designers and engineers use the hills, loops, curves, twists, and turns to take advantage of potential energy, kinetic energy, and dissipating energy to create a thrill ride like no other?  View this archived program and find out.  Jeff Havlik, a roller coaster architect, is our guest expert for this program.  To learn more about Jeff and the work he does, view a video about him here.

Student Tools

Student Tool 60: Conservation of Energy Roller Coaster Lab

This student activity is designed to accompany our free, live interactive program Physics 9: The Science Behind Roller Coasters. More details on how to use it are included in Student Tool 271: The Science Behind Roller Coasters Study Guide.

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Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 271: The Science Behind Roller Coasters Study Guide

This study guide provides additional details on our upcoming free, live, interactive program Physics 9: The Science Behind Roller Coasters. Contents include: 1) a program description; 2) program objectives; 3) program agenda; 4) pre-program activity suggestions; and 5) national curriculum standards related to the program.

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Teacher Tool 294: Arts Integration Activity--Roller Coaster Rhythms

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Arts Integration activity combining science, engineering, and music as students learn about roller coaster design and construction and create their own musical composition incorporating the rhythms of a roller coaster in action.

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Teacher Tool 295: STEAM Activity--Roller Coaster Rhythms

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides a STEAM activity combining science, engineering, and music as students learn about roller coaster design and construction and create their own musical composition incorporating the rhythms of a roller coaster in action.

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