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For many people, there is only one reason to go to an amusement park: the roller coaster
Roller coasters, carousels and other amusement park rides can be great fun – and can even be used as a science lesson, as Giovanni Pezzi explains.

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Amusement parks keep building faster and more complex roller coasters, but the fundamental principles at work remain the same.
Overview of Lesson Plan: Students apply their knowledge of the physics principles of force, energy and motion to researching the physics behind amusement park rides. Students then develop amusement park themes, and diagram and explain the physics behind the rides in their group’s theme park.


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Students will:
1. Examine economics, engineering, and physics principles behind the new game Roller Coaster Tycoon by reading and discussing “Playing Big Brother at the Amusement Park.”
2. Predict how amusement park rides involve principles of physics.
3. Determine, in small groups focused on different amusement park rides, the answer to the question, “What principles of physics make this amusement park ride function, and how?”
4. Develop, in groups comprised of students researching different types of rides, themes for a park in which their rides will be located.
5. Create posters of their rides in which each student names his or her ride based on the theme of the park, illustrates the ride, explains the physics behind the ride, and creates a glossary of the physics terms that apply.

Resources / Materials:
-pens/ pencils
-classroom blackboard
-copies of “Playing Big Brother at the Amusement Park” (one per student)
-research materials on amusement park physics (physical science textbooks, encyclopedias, Internet access)
-large sheets of white poster board (one per student)
-markers and any other art supplies needed to illustrate a theme-based amusement park ride

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5. WRAP-UP/ HOMEWORK: Using their research on the physics of their assigned amusement park ride, and guided by the theme developed by the “theme group,” each student creates a poster of their ride that meets the following criteria:
–Name of the ride (should tie in to theme)
–Illustration of the ride (students may want to base their ride on photographs they find of similar rides in existing amusement parks; the illustration of the ride should also in some way incorporate the theme)
–Explanation of the physics behind the ride
–Glossary of physics terms found in the explanation of the physics principles behind the ride
Students should display their posters, organized by theme park, in the classroom or in a display area in the school.

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Further Questions for Discussion:
–What is meant by the phrase “strategy simulation,” and how are different computer games based on this idea?
–In what ways are theme parks organized around a central theme (e.g., Disneyland centers on Disney movies and characters, and Universal Studios centers on movies and television shows produced by the company)?
–What principles of physics apply to roller coasters, and how?
–How do principles of physics apply to other amusement park rides?
–In what ways have amusement parks and rides changed over the past century?
–What is meant by the phrase “urban planning,” and how does it apply to amusement park design?

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Evaluation / Assessment:
Students will be evaluated based on participation in class discussion, thoughtful research on the physics behind an amusement park ride, and poster that illustrates a theme-based amusement park ride and explains and defines the physics behind the ride.

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5. Select a principle of physics demonstrated in an amusement park ride and relate where one would find these principles at work in other real-world situations.