Thursday, 1 May 2014
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.