Conservation of Energy in Roller Coasters

Edwin Tranquilino, Physics, Harding University High School

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This curriculum unit uses a thematic approach to teach Energy Unit. The students will perform a series of activities and experiments about Work/Power, Mechanical Energy, and Conservation of Energy. I included two activities/experiments in every major topic for the teacher to choose from depending on the materials available in your school. The students’ understanding about these topics will prepare them in our Roller Coaster building Culmination activity. The students will be motivated to learn these topics because they know it will help them to design and build a working Roller Coaster. The students will try harder to master these Energy topics because they know they need to present and explain their Roller coaster to the judges when we compete in the Roller Coaster Building Contest at Carowinds.