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The Roller Coaster Project

In science class we are doing a project on roller coasters.  The purpose of this project was to use what we are learing about in science and apply it by building a roller coaster on an online simulator.  Newton's Three Laws of Motion apply to the building of a roller coaster.  Newton's Laws are 1. An object at rest stays at rest unless acted on by an outside force and an object in motion stays in motion in a straight line unless acted on by an outside force.  Friction and gravity can change the force.  2. The acceleration of an object depends on the mass of the object and the size of the net force applied and as the net force increases, the acceleration increases.  3. When a force is applied to an object, the object exerts an equal force in the opposite direction.

There were four roles included in this project.  The first role was the historian and she found the history of roller coasters from the first ones to the present.  She also had to find out how they changed in height, materials, etc. and the name and place of the largest roller coaster.  The second role was the design engineer and he had to find out what materials were used to build roller coasters and how the designs changed on roller coasters.   He also had to find out the length of time from desighning to building the roller coaster.  The third role was the physicist and she had to figure out how roller coasters are tested.  She also had to figure out the height of hills versus loops.  The last role was the lawyer which is what I was.  The lawyer had to find out the safety regulations for roller coasters and amusement parks and I also had to find out the laws and regulations for rides and parks.

This roller coaster was a success because it had the right amount of speed and velocity to make it to the end.

This roller coaster failed because it had too much speed and crashed at the end.

Our roller coaster was called Demon Hills because of all of the hills in the roller coaster especially the beginning hill.  To go to the site I used to create my roller coaster click here.

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