Daisy/Brownie: Complete 13
Junior: Complete 15
C/S/A: Complete 17
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How does each ride work?
The conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy is what drives the roller coaster, and all of the kinetic energy you need for the ride is present once the coaster descends the first hill.
Once you're underway, different types of wheels help keep the ride smooth
Roller coasters can be wooden or steel, looping or nonlooping In general, wooden coasters are nonlooping. They're also not as tall and not as fast, and they don't feature very steep hills or as long a track as steel coasters.
Design your own roller coaster
*Explore more about the physics behind bumpers cars, free fall rides and pendulum rides*
Background information and historical facts about carousels.
How Rollercoasters Work
TLC article on how rollercoasters work.
The Physics Classroom
An online physics tutorial written for high school students.
Principles of Aeronautics: Forces and Motion
Lesson plans and experiments that illustrate Newton's laws of motion.
History of Roller Coaster Innovations
Information about roller coaster history and selected rides.
Roller Coaster Database
A searchable database of roller coaster statistics, covering more than 450 rides
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