Gizmo: Roller Coaster Physics
Directions: Follow the instructions to go through the simulation. Respond to the
questions and prompts in the orange boxes.
the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving
the scalar quantity characteristic of a point in a gravitational
field whose gradient equals the intensity of the field and equal to the work required to
move a body of unit mass from given point to a point infinitely remote.
the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.
kinetic energy -
energy which a body possesses by virtue of being in motion.Compare
with potential energy
Prior Knowledge Questions
(Do these BEFORE using the
Sally gets onto the roller coaster car, a bit nervous already. Her
heart beats faster as the car slowly goes up the first long, steep
What happens at the beginning of every roller coaster ride?
Does the roller coaster ever get higher than the first hill?
Roller Coaster Physics
Gizmo models a roller
coaster with a toy car on a track that leads to an egg.
You can change the track or the car. For the first
experiment, use the default settings (
= 70 cm,
= 0 cm,
= 0 cm, 35-g car).