Day 163: Energy Intros

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Mindbender at Six Flags Over Georgia

Mindbender at Six Flags Over Georgia

With questions like “find the gravitational potential energy of the roller coaster at point A”, “the speed of the coaster at points B & C”, and “why don’t passengers fall out of the coaster at point C”, my Six Flags trip packet is a great way to introduce energy. We travel to the theme park tomorrow!

In the meantime, today most of my classes worked on this stuff. About 90% of my kids have fairly extensive backgrounds in Conservation of Energy problems, so this is review.

Best student observation all day: the height of point B must be less than 7m because that’s the difference between the heights at A and C AND there’s no way C can be as high as A.

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