Roller Coaster Design

The Roller Coaster Design Interactive provides an engaging walk-through of the variables that affect the thrill and safety of a roller coaster design. Factors affecting speed, accelerations, normal force and the number of Gs are presented in an understandable language. Learners then design a loop top, a loop bottom, a hill top, and a hill bottom and view how design parameters such as heights and radii affect the experience and safety of the riders. 

Launch Interactive

Users are encouraged to open the Interactive and explore. Or if desired, The Physics Classroom has prepared two activities for a more directed experience. The activities were designed with the intent of being used by classroom teachers with their classes. 

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.