Roller Coaster

Roller coasters rely on both kinetic and potential energy, but how much total energy does a roller coaster need? Scholars vary the mass of a coaster and the height of the initial hill. Graphs showing the types of energy and total energy appear as the simulation plays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Challenge pupils to build their own roller coasters with LEGO® or K'NEX® or another building system with a small motor
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
  • Assumes prior knowledge of mass, energy, and how to interpret graphs
Pros

  • Information buttons on the variables and the graphs go into more detail about the science concepts
  • Provides answers to some of the worksheet questions
Cons

  • None