Approximately three days...
Create a flip book!
1) Take a sheet of paper and fold it into fourths. Keep it as one sheet, but open it up.
2) Take a second sheet of paper and fold it in fourths. Then cut along each line.
3) Glue each fourth to the 1st uncut page so that you have little flaps that you lift up. For now, you are just doing one side of it  you should have 4 flaps per side, one for each quarterfold.
4) Label one top flap Speed and the other Velocity.
5) Label one bottom flap as Accleration and the other as Force
6) Under each flap, provide 
a  the definition of each
b  the formula (s)
c  the units used, along with an explanation, as to why we use those units
d  an example of each with a picture
e  include resultant velocity and net force under the appropriate flap, along with gravity and its "magic number (9.8 m/s/s)"
On the opposite side, create the flaps
1) Label one top flap as Newton's 1st Law and the other as Newton's 2nd Law
2) Label one bottom flap as Newton's 3rd Law and the other as PE and KE
3) Under each flap provide 
a) the definition of each
b) nickname or formula used
c) an example of each with a picture
Cedar Point!
Students will again demonstrate their knowledge of physics while actively participating at Cedar Point! In groups of 46, students will be responsible for answering questions relating to rides in the park (similar to questions asked in the classroom lab setting). The following is our Cedar Point packet that each group will be responsible for completing while at the park. Students who are unable to attend, have an alternate assignment that is similar in nature, but gives the necessary specifications in order to answer question.
Welcome to Cedar Point Physics at America’s Roller Coast!
Welcome to your day at Cedar Point to study physics! Your first task is stated below and should be done while you wait for the gates to open. When you conclude your first task and the park opens, proceed to the ride that is written on your envelope. Then continue following the clues at the bottom of each page. We will see you at the Ocean Motion between 12:15 and 1:00! Have fun J
At this time, the rides are making safety runs with sand bags in them…
1) State what a reference point is –
2) As you stand at the gates, waiting for the park to open, look into the park and list seven different reference points you could use to show that the rides are actually moving during the testing time.
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Now…proceed to the ride listed on your envelope
Chaos!
Chaos’ is a threedimensional, rocking, rolling, and rotating ride that includes motion with a spinning/tilting platform that whirls riders in a 360degree movement that turns sideways, upside down, and every way but right side up! You won’t know where you are!
1) The cars on the Witches Wheel turn you with the bottom of the car facing outward which is the opposite way that Chaos turns you. The Witches Wheel does not have seatbelts for its riders even though they go upsidedown because of centrifugal force. Why does Chaos need them even though you are going in a circle similar to that of the Witches Wheel?
2) Draw a sketch of Chaos and explain how Newton’s Laws apply to this ride –
3) If the radius of Chaos is 50ft, what is the area and circumference of the ride?
A = πr²
C = 2πr
4) Knowing the circumference (distance around the circle), time Chaos at top speed and then find the speed.
Clue to Next Envelope –
“Strength Skyscraper” or this next ride rhymes with “Sour Hour”
Power Tower!
The Power Tower is a multimilliondollar megathrill machine. The ride opened in 1998 and was listed as the tallest freefall ride in the world in the Guiness Book of World Records. Riding a column of highly compressed air, riders suddenly and unexpectedly blast up and down on four massive steel towers. Developer, Stan Checkettes, said the idea evolved from tossing his 9 children in the air!
1) Clock the time it takes the Blue cart to drop from its highest height (distance) to the ground. Do this two times and take the average. Using gravity, find the velocity of the fall right before it hits the ground  _____________
2) Name at least two contact forces that allows the cart to slow down and not crash into the ground –
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3) Using your answer and data in #1, you now have speed and time. Find the height (distance) of the tower in meters  ________
4) Which color cart starts in PE? _______________
5) Which color car starts in KE? _______________
6) Hypothesize which cart carries more energy _____________
Why? __________________________________________
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7) Hypothesize why the ride bounces you up and down after the first drop  _______________________________________________
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Clue to Next Envelope –
“Excited Rider”
Top Thrill Dragster
With a recordbreaking height of 420feet and a recordbreaking speed of 120 mph, Top Thrill Dragster delivers on its promise of thrilling riders!
1) The Top Thrill Dragster starts from rest and is launched by a hydraulic thruster to a speed of 78 m/s in just 4 seconds! What is its acceleration? __________________
2) What happens if the Dragster does not make it over the hill?
2b) Using physics concepts, what are a few reasons why the dragster may not make it over the hill?
3) What is the time it takes the Dragster to go up the hill? _____
3b) What is the time it takes the Dragster to go down the hill? ___
3c) The Law of Conservation of Energy states that the overall energy provided at the beginning of the ride should not be lost in the conversion between PE and KE. So why then does the Dragster have a different time going down the hill versus going up the hill?
4) Based on what you know, why doesn’t gravity make the downhill side faster than the uphill side?
5) In the beginning of the coaster, what type of energy do you start the ride in – PE or KE?
Clue to Next Envelope –
“Predator in the Air”
Sky Hawk!
In 2006, Cedar Point has added a world recordbreaking thrill ride – Sky Hawk! Located near Snake River Falls in Frontiertown and standing 103 feet above the ground, Sky Hawk is the tallest ride of its kind in the world.
1) Once the motor of the ride gets you to the top, using the Law of Conservation of Energy, explain the dynamics of the rest of the ride –
2) Sketch Sky Hawk and label areas of PE and KE at its greatest points –
3) If a kid lost a sandal and it dropped straight down for 1.7 seconds, what is the velocity of the kids sandal?
Clue to Next Envelope –
If you had an Aunt Ique she could come over using one of these – or it is an 80 year old person’s pimped out ride…
Antique Cars!
Take a trip through time aboard a replica of automotive history! Located in the heart of Frontiertown, the Antique Cars offer a peaceful excursion around a shaded roadway. Guests operate a replica 1914 Cadillac, around a mile long track.
Directions – put one person in a car and the remainder of your group in a separate car. Develop the process of the scientific method to answer the following question 
How does mass affect the speed of the 2 cars (1 passenger vs. full load)?
Steps –
o Prior Knowledge (what do you know) –
o Hypothesis (what you think the outcome will be) 
o Data obtained after riding –
o Conclusion (answer based on your results) –
Clue to Next Envelope –
“Tidal Playground Equipment” or something that sounds like “fav” orite singer…
Wave Swinger!
Float through the air in swinglike seats while getting a scenic view of Frontiertown on the Wave Swinger.
A person’s average mass is 68 kg. The swings mass is 4.54 kg –
1) How long does it take the swing to travel one revolution?
2) The circumference (distance around a circle) for the outer swings is 50 m. For the inner swings, the circumference is 40 m. What is the speed of the outer swings? _____________
2a) What is the speed for the inner swings? _____________
3) Find the centripetal force of the outer swing at max speed (key word here is FORCE!) –
4) Gravitational force is acting on you and the swing. Draw all of the forces that act on a person while riding the swings –
Clue to Next Envelope –
1000 Newton’s…
Millennium Force!
Standing a breathtaking 310 feet into the air, this “gigacoaster” will take thrill seekers on an incredible journey along 6,595 feet of track that winds its way through the center of the park.
1) Find the acceleration of the Millennium at its top speed (1^{st} hill drop)
2) An average person has a mass of 68 kg. If the train was full, what would be the total mass of the people?
3) The mass of the train itself is 2,724 kg. Using your answer in question #2, what is the total mass of the train with a full load of people?
4) Using your answers from question #3 and question #1, find the total FORCE applied to the Millennium at its top speed  _______________
5) On the back of this sheet –
· Create a graph that shows the distance traveled over the course of the ride (time).
· From that information, determine the speed of the ride at the beginning of the ride and then again for the end  ____
· What do you think caused the change in speed?
Clue to Next Envelope – I bet you have the feeling that this is a game of cat and mouse through a giant loop – de – loop!
Wildcat and Corkscrew!
Wildcat – Individual fourperson compact cars create a sensation unlike any other coaster as they accentuate the sensations of dropping, banking (inertia) and acceleration.
Corkscrew – You go upside down how many times?!? The Corkscrew was the first scream machine to span a midway and the world’s first triplelooping coaster. After a ride on the twisted track of the Corkscrew, riders will be left wondering which way is up!
Looking closely at the design of these two coasters, answer the following questions
1) Draw a sketch of the Corkscrew and label parts where KE is the greatest, PE is the greatest, and where they are equal –
2) Draw a sketch of the Wildcat and label parts where KE is the greatest, PE is the greatest, and where they are equal –
3) How many riders can ride on a Corkscrew train at once? _____________
4) How many riders can ride on a Wildcat train at once? _____________
5) How would the number of people on the train affect the acceleration of a roller coaster? ____________________________________________
6) Find the acceleration of both the Wildcat and the Corkscrew
· Wildcat (distance = 1, 873 feet) –
· Corkscrew (distance = 2,050 feet) 
Clue to Next Envelope –
Hopefully this ride does not resemble your driving habits in 34 years!
Dodge ’Em!
The Dodge ‘Em cars are a Newton’s Laws Physics Factory! Every move and collision includes numerous physics topics.
1) Ride the Dodge ‘Em cars and then reflect on your ride. Give three examples, with explanations, of Newton’s laws occurring 
2) Draw 2 cars. Explain and label, using Newton’s Laws, what happened when two cars colloid –
3) If one car had a force of 55N east and it hit headon with another car that had a force of 63N west. What would the resultant velocity be?
4) If equal forces hit at 50N and 50N headon, being that the resultant velocity would be zero, the cars should stop moving. Why don’t they stop moving? Why do they bounce backwards?
Clue to Next Envelope –
Mad State of Events!
