Part I (Energy and Motion)

Instructions (Part I): Click here to learn how to use the “Energy Skatepark” simulation. When ready, experiment with the actual simulation below. Be sure to explore the “Intro”, “Friction” and “Playground” options. 

Instructions (Part II): While exploring each option, click the “Bar Graph” box, and observe the energy graph outputs as the skateboarder moves. See screenshot below. What do you notice about the relationship between the Kinetic Energy,  Potential Energy, Thermal Energy, and the Total Energy? What do the terms Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, Thermal Energy, and Total Energy represent? Share with a classmate. 

Instructions (Part III): Carefully watch the video below to learn how to build a marble roller coaster. 

Instructions (Part IV): Observe the images below for example portions of different marble roller coasters. 

Instructions (Part V): Now that you have observed the above video and images, it’s your turn to build a marble rollercoaster. Below are the constraints for your build: 

  • Your coaster must contain at least 2 different stunts. Stunts include loops, corkscrews, or jumps.  

Instructions (Part VI):  Once your marble is able to complete your roller coaster track at least 5 times without falling, record a video of a successful run and upload it below. Type your first name in the “Subject” area. A QR code is provided below for ease of upload. 

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