Last Friday, the eighth grade class headed out for a field experience to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where they put their physics knowledge to the test by riding roller coasters and other amusement rides.
While they were there to have fun, they were also there to determine speed, acceleration, and which forces were acting on them throughout the different rides.
Students applied Newton’s Three Laws of Motion to see how physics plays a key role in the design, fun, and safety of roller roasters. They timed the rides, wore accelerometers to test the amount of g-force the ride exerted on their body, and filled out a packet to record all of their physics observations.
It was a fun day for everyone, and a special final field experience for the eighth grade class.