is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an award-winning,
standards-based program in which newsworthy events establish the
relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the need-to-know
more about those topics; and lively interviews, photographs, Web pages,
and inquiry-based science activities create a desire to know more about
inertia pendulum force accelerationpendulum force
Thrill Ride! allows students to explore
Newton's Laws of Motion and other basic physical science concepts in
the context of amusement parks and roller coasters. A contract to
design a ride for a new amusement park provides students with a reason
to learn. And as with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the
information that students need is provided in the pages of Thrill
Ride!. However, more information is needed. Information from the
Web about real amusement parks and ride design companies will add to
the authenticity of your study.
There are a few words missing from a
Discovery File on page 40. Three Laws for the Price of One
should end with this sentence: "On your next bumper car ride, enjoy
your experience with Sir Isaac Newton's three laws."
The bold words above are the
ones that are missing.
Thanks to Ken Schmidt of Redland Middle
School, Rockville, MD for catching this error.
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are some World-Wide Web sites where additional information is
available. Click on the highlighted words and be linked with helpful
Links to Thrill Ride! related WEB Sites
Amusement Park Physics At
this Annenberg/CPB Project site, you'll have a chance to design your
own roller coaster. Plan it carefully--it has to pass a safety
inspection. You can also experiment with bumper car collisions.
Thrills and Chills Without the Spills--Rollercoaster Physics
for Middle School At this site
create your dream roller coaster ride and test it in a virtual
amusement park. Explore physics and math through a roller coaster
design competition by building a working scale model. Compete on-line
with other middle-school students. Also included is a scavenger hunt
covering many different facts about roller coasters.
Joyrides is a photo gallery
celebrating the joy and beauty of amusement park rides, especially
This site will give your students ideas for the kinds of science
and math activities that can be conducted on thrill rides.
ENERGY afriendly portal through which energy and
science education resources can be accessed and learned.
Energy is the unifying concept that puts all sorts of patterns and relationships into
Video - The Griffon Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens
Paula Kasper, Media
Specialist at Hoover MS, Potomac, MD, recommends the book: Roller
Coasters or I Had So Much Fun, I Almost Puked (ISBN 1-57505-071-4)
by Nick Cook as a resource for Thrill Ride!
Here is an interesting relationship for you and
your students to explore. The kinetic energy of a moving object is
equal to the object's mass divided by two times its velocity squared.
Students can write this relationship as a formula by using "Ek
" for kinetic energy; "m" for mass; and, "v" for velocity.
How much greater is the
kinetic energy of a car moving 80 mph compared with the same car moving
40 mph? What are the implications of this difference for damage and
injury in an accident? How about the distance needed to come to a stop?