Science Buddies: Roller Coaster Marbles: How Much Height to Loop the Loop?

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This is a really fun project even if you don't like going on roller coasters yourself. You'll build a roller coaster track for marbles using foam pipe insulation and masking tape, and see how much of an initial drop is required to get the marble to "loop the loop." It's a great way to learn about how stored energy (potential energy) is converted into the energy of motion (kinetic energy).

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  • Knovation Readability Score: 3 (1 low difficulty, 5 high difficulty)