Showing posts with label roller coaster. Show all posts
Showing posts with label roller coaster. Show all posts

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Roller Coaster Simulator - Design Your Coaster

Funderstanding, a learning systems design firm, offers a free roller coaster design activity. The object of the Roller Coaster Simulator activity is to get the coaster through the track without any roll-backs. To that end the Roller Coaster Simulator allows users to design the height and spacing of the rise and fall of a roller coaster track. Users can also adjust the speed of coaster, the mass of the coaster, the friction of the coaster on the track, and the strength of the gravitational pull on the coaster.

Applications for Education
Funderstanding's Roller Coaster Simulator could be a good way for mathematics and physics students to experiment with all of the elements that go into designing a working roller coaster.

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