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written by K. Vick, Edward F. Redish, and Patrick Cooney
This web page contains an introductory physics homework assignment relating to roller coaster design.  Developed as an alternative to traditional textbook homework, this item is based on the work of the Activity Based Physics project (ABP).  Students use observational skills and mathematical modeling, combined with basic physics, to design a roller coaster with a horizontal loop, a vertical loop, and three smaller hills.  The coaster is to be powered entirely by a chain lift on the first  incline.  The student must formulate a design that is both safe and provides sufficient energy for five cars to reach the end of the track.  Concepts explored in this problem include gravity, potential and kinetic energy, circular motion, drag due to friction,  center of mass, and acceleration.  

This item is part of a larger collection of alternative homework assignments designed for introductory physics students.  Each assignment poses a series of questions about a single context.  To successfully complete assignments, students must think critically about how the physical situation could be represented by mathematics.

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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
= Friction
- Motion in One Dimension
= Gravitational Acceleration
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Acceleration
= Central Forces
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
= Work
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Problem/Problem Set
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ABP, Activity Based Physics, acceleration, circular motion, conservation of energy, design, experiential learning, force, friction, gravity, work
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Metadata instance created July 15, 2008 by Christopher Bares
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June 9, 2011 by Bruce Mason
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K. Vick, E. Redish, and P. Cooney, (2002), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm).
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K. Vick, E. Redish, and P. Cooney, Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster (2002), <http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm>.
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Vick, K., Redish, E., & Cooney, P. (2002, June 25). Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster. Retrieved September 3, 2014, from http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm
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Vick, K, E. Redish, and P. Cooney. Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster. June 25, 2002. http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm (accessed 3 September 2014).
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Vick, K., Edward F. Redish, and Patrick Cooney. Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster. 2002. 25 June 2002. 3 Sep. 2014 <http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm>.
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