Roller Coaster Model

With The Physics Classroom's Roller Coaster Model, learners can study energy conservation and transformation, the effect of friction on energy, the direction of velocity and force, and much more ... all without ever getting dizzy or leaving one's seat. Three pre-built track designs can be explored or learners can design their own track. Energy bar charts change in real time. Velocity and force vectors help learners visualize Newton's laws and circular motion principles. This Interactive is the next best thing to actually riding the coaster - and for some, it's even better than riding the coaster.

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Users are encouraged to open the Interactive and explore. For a more directed experience, The Physics Classroom has prepared an activity sheet titled Roller Coasters and Energy. This activity was designed with the intent that it would be used by classroom teachers with their classes.

Our Roller Coaster Model simulation is now available with a Concept Checker. Do the simulation. Then follow it up with the Concept Checker.

Learners and Instructors may also be interested in viewing the accompanying Notes page. Technical information, teaching suggestions, and related resources that complement this Interactive are provided on the Notes page. View Notes.