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Phun Physics Looking at how Physics can be seen at a Theme Park. Created by Ms. Crystal Edmonson, Ms. Monica Fonseca, Mr. Kevin Williams, and Dr. Brenda Stevens. We will look at the science that is seen at a Theme Park like Fiesta Texas.

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Phun PhysicsLooking at how Physics can be seen at a Theme Park

Created by

Ms. Crystal Edmonson,

Ms. Monica Fonseca,

Mr. Kevin Williams, and

Dr. Brenda Stevens


We will look at the science that is seen at a theme park like fiesta texas l.jpg
We will look at the science that is seen at a Theme Park like Fiesta Texas.

Then, we will look at the Math that relates to the science that we have seen.


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But before we do that… like

We need a little background information.

Introducing Isaac Newton


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Conservation of Energy like

Potential Energy = Kinetic Energy

  • An object has the Potential to do energy.

  • An object has Kinetic

  • Energy when it is in

  • motion


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Conservation of Energy like is seen at a Theme Parkwith Roller Coasters.


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Potential Energy like

  • At the top of the hill, the roller coaster has its greatest potential energy.

  • As it starts down the

  • hill, potential energy

  • begins to decrease.


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Kinetic Energy like

  • Again, is what potential energy changes into because the roller coaster is moving.

  • At the bottom of the hill the roller coaster is going its fastest, so the kinetic energy is its greatest.


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You See… like

Energy is always conserved!

  • At any given point along the roller coaster you will have….

  • E=PE+KE

  • PE = mgh & KE = ½ mv*v

  • Hence you get:

    E = mgh + ½ mv*v

m = mass

g = gravity

v = velocity


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In Review… like

  • At the top of the hill the roller coaster has its greatest potential energy. {KE = 0}

  • As it begins down the hill, potential energy decreases as kinetic energy increases.

  • Then at the bottom of the hill, potential energy is at its lowest point while kinetic energy is at its greatest. {PE = 0}


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