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Title Roller Coaster Physics Investigation
Description An inquiry-based activity that strengthens understanding about energy conservation. Students design roller coaster tracks and test them. Post-lab questions include ideas about circular motion as well.
Subject Physics
Level High School, Middle School
Type Concept Questions, Homework, Lab
Duration 90 minutes
Answers Included No
Language English
Keywords acceleration, conservation of energy, kinetic, potential
Simulation(s) Energi Skate


Author(s) Scott McCurdy
Contact Email scmccurdy@smcps.org
School / Organization St Mary's County Public Schools
Date submitted 08/05/05
Date updated 08/11/14