A course held by David
Gerdes <email@example.com>, part of the Michigan
Math and Science Scholars Summer Program .
The class was held for two weeks in July 2003 at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (MI) for fifteen 8th and 9th grade students.
After five days of introduction to Newton's Laws, we went to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio and took acceleration data on several roller coasters. After we returned from the park, we analysed the data for two days in the lab. On the last day, each group presented their findings to the class.
Here is some of the material we used in this course.
ways to determine the velocity on Millennium Force
from real roller coasters: to analyze with
Analyzing Motion: Some video files to analyze with VideoPoint software.
Notes from the Morning Lectures, by Prof. Gerdes
If you want a real roller coaster
model for your lecture hall go to GDJ
Included on the site are some theories of kinematics and circular motion
LINKS to material related to the course
Word, Excel, and LoggerPro file formats of the documents listed above.
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