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Worksheet for Interactive Lab2 Roller Coaster Name ___Rita Borland _____________ Physics 216  Grade ___/42  Date May  08, 2010______     Make sure you open the  INFO  tab to view the data. This lab requires the user to gather and analyze data.  If you have any  questions on the lab please post it in the threads and the instructor will  provide some guidance.  These labs are not difficult but they do require the  user to experiment with different settings and to record relevant data.  Please  take time to read the questions carefully.  Students are expected to support  their answers with data recorded in tables.  The language of physics is  precise and the answers should be in the language of physics.  Use the  textbook to research the meaning of the terms in the lab. The nerve-rattling plunges and loop-the-loops that come  with most modern roller coasters are the best (and hopefully safest) places to become  part of an extreme physics experiment. While modern roller coasters have become high- tech thrillers, the basic principle of starting at the top of a steep hill and rolling around a  track till you run out of energy is still the basis of most of the rides. In this way roller  coasters embody one of the most important ideas in all of physics: the Conservation of  Energy. Once you have constructed your track, it's time to give it a trial run. Click the Play button  to place a car at the leftmost point on the track and let it go.
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1. (4 points) As the car moves, its acceleration (in meters per second squared) is  shown on the speedometer dial near the bottom of the screen. A set of bar graphs  displays the kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, and total energy of the  car. As your car rolls along, watch how one type of energy is exchanged for  another. When is the kinetic energy the largest? Be specific and provide data in a  table format to support your answer. 2. Table of Roller Coaster Potential Energy Kinetic Energy Total Never Changes through the test simulation The kinetic energy is at it’s highest going downhill and at the end of the simulation Totals would be = between the kinetic and the total amount right at the start of the coaster and at the very end of the run in the simulation 3. (4 points) When is the potential energy the largest? Be specific and provide data in 
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