Physics and Roller Coasters

You may have your interest sparked by that headline.  What does physics have to do with a roller coaster.  That is what Nicki Smith wants her students to ask.  From the looks on their faces they not only found the answer but learned a thing or two.

The students built and tested their own roller coasters.  Smith said, ”The students had a blast applying concepts of centripetal force, kinetic, and potential energy!!! Looks like we may have some future engineers on our hands.”

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