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Roller Coaster


Page for Spring Physics Students

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You work for the division of a company that designs and builds amusement park rides. You have been given the task of analyzing the feasability of a new ride before it goes into production. You will determine whether the new ride meets certain criteria of what makes rides "fun" so that people will pay to ride them and what makes them safe. You will use the list of features generated by the fall physics class (the research team of the company) that was posted on this web site. This list of features was used by the computer assisted drafting class at your school (the design engineering division of the company) to design the new ride. The design was then passed on to the material processing class at your school (the manufacturing division of the company). You now have the prototype from them and you must test this and analyze it to determine whether it meets the criteria developed by the fall physics class. If it passes your inspection, the ride can go into production.


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INVESTIGATION (What you need to do:)




Roller Coaster Web Sites

Listed below are web sites to help you contact Roller Coaster parks, clubs and designers.


Amusement Link: One Source
Amusement Park Books
Coaster Central
Discovery Channel Build a Coaster
The World Wide Guide to Parks, Roller Coasters, Rides, Technology & Topics


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PLANNING (What you need to do:)


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PRESENTATION (What your teacher needs from you:)


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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).


Author(s): Jennifer Caskey ( and Mark LeFeber (
School:  Mahtomedi High School
Created: March 26, 1999 Updated: May 2, 1999