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Roller Coaster



How project was taught before

This roller coaster unit was taught only in the physics classes before. It did not involve the CADD classes or the material processing classes.

It was mainly a teacher-led unit. The teacher discussed the physics concepts behind different rides. The students were then asked to calculate certain quantities about the rides, such as the velocity at the bottom of the first hill on the roller coaster or the centripetal acceleration on a circular ride.

This was done with worksheets and information given by the teacher or pulled from the textbook.

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office, Friends of Fermilab, United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, and North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NCRTEC) which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).


Authors: Jennifer Caskey ( and Mark LeFeber (
School:  Mahtomedi High School
Created: April 26, 1999 Updated: April 28, 1999