Fun of the Fair
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Investigate how the speed of a toy car down a track varies with the height the car is released from.
The classic roller coaster ride involves a wheeled car moving down an angled track. One of the really exciting things about roller coasters is the speed of the car when it reaches the bottom of the track. But do you know how the height of the track affects the speed of the car?
Build a model Pirate Ship ride
Pieces of eight, pieces of eight! Ahoy there shipmates – the Pirate Ship awaits! No theme park is complete without a Pirate Ship ride. This classic ride involves a swinging ‘gondola’ on a rigid support, often balanced by a large counterweight. How does the ride give you the thrill?
Build a model waltzer and measure the forces that act on a ‘passenger’.
As a waltzer moves around, the people in each ‘car’ experience a force. The bigger the force, the bigger the ‘thrill’. Can you build a model waltzer system that measures this force?