Problem Based Learning in the Physics Classroom

Have you ever wondered how engineers design roller coasters? Have you ever pondered how the height of the first hill influences the riders’ experiences? This project aims to give students insight into such questions while introducing them to the fundamental concepts of energy and energy conservation. A month-long process, students acquire a conceptual understanding of energy conservation and use that understanding to design their own roller coaster. While written for high-physics students, one could easily adapt this project for physical science students.

Curriculum Author:

Jeff Milbourne

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