## Website Detail Page

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.  Students use observational skills and mathematical modeling, combined with basic physics, to design a roller coaster with specified characteristics.  The student must formulate a design that is both safe and provides sufficient energy for 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.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
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
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Problem/Problem Set
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- text/html
• Currently 0.0/5

Want to rate this material?

Access Rights:
Free access
Restriction:
Keywords:
ABP, Activity Based Physics, acceleration, circular motion, conservation of energy, design, experiential learning, force, friction, gravity, work
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created July 15, 2008 by Christopher Bares
Record Updated:
June 9, 2011 by Bruce Mason
Last Update
when Cataloged:
June 25, 2002
Other Collections:

ComPADRE is beta testing Citation Styles!

AIP Format
K. Vick, E. Redish, and P. Cooney, (2002), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm).
AJP/PRST-PER
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>.
APA Format
Vick, K., Redish, E., & Cooney, P. (2002, June 25). Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster. Retrieved August 23, 2017, from http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm
Chicago Format
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 23 August 2017).
MLA Format
Vick, K., Edward F. Redish, and Patrick Cooney. Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster. 2002. 25 June 2002. 23 Aug. 2017 <http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm>.
BibTeX Export Format
@misc{ Author = "K. Vick and Edward F. Redish and Patrick Cooney", Title = {Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {23 August 2017}, Month = {June 25, 2002}, Year = {2002} }
Refer Export Format

%A K. Vick
%A Edward F. Redish
%A Patrick Cooney
%T Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster
%D June 25, 2002
%U http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm
%O text/html

EndNote Export Format

%0 Electronic Source
%A Vick, K.
%A Redish, Edward F.
%A Cooney, Patrick
%D June 25, 2002
%T Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster
%V 2017
%N 23 August 2017
%8 June 25, 2002
%9 text/html
%U http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm

Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.

Citation Source Information

The AIP Style presented is based on information from the AIP Style Manual.

The APA Style presented is based on information from APA Style.org: Electronic References.

The Chicago Style presented is based on information from Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation.

The MLA Style presented is based on information from the MLA FAQ.

### Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster:

Is Part Of Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments

This is a link to the full collection of alternative homework problems by the authors.

relation by Caroline Hall

Know of another related resource? Login to relate this resource to it.
Save to my folders