Amusment Park Physics Takes on Motion

We had a fun day yesterday learning about speed, velocity, and acceleration. After moving to a different building for the day, we settled in and took off running…or in the students’ case, speed walking. The two lab experiments asked them to work with speed and acceleration. They spent the class time walking and hopping back and forth across the room and rolling balls down ramps all in the name of science! They also made charts and graphs of their data. We’re excited for today, because we’re investigating forces, including friction. This is a big topic in amusement park ride design, and we have some great experiments planned.

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