Fun With Roller Coasters

For this assignment, you are going to study motion by looking at the physics of roller coasters.


  1. First you need to learn a little about how roller coasters work. Go to at least 2 sites. Write a paragraph about one to share with your classmates.

  2. Next go to Amusement Park Physics and design a roller coaster. You need to design a fun but safe roller coaster. Keep track of your designs and any comments on why they may or may not work.


Questions -- Either write out your answers or type them into a word processor.


  1. How many coasters did you have to build before you got 2 thumbs up?

  2. Describe the problems with each.

  3. Does the first hill have to be higher or lower than the rest of the coaster? Why or Why not?