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Unit 6F, Forces and Motion

Unit Project: Marble Park

Use every-day materials to create miniature amusement park rides in which the riders are marbles — not people! Along with your other classmates combine these rides into a complete miniature theme park that has many different kinds of rides.

Project Link 1 (Chapter 1, page F19)
You are going to build a miniature amusement park for marbles, instead of people. First, draw a Marble Park map. Leave room for all the rides, games, and restaurants that a big theme park has. Transfer your drawing to sheets of heavy posterboard.

Design and build some way for your marbles to move around the park. Include a train that circles the park. Design a chair lift using string, paper cups, and straws. Each chair should be able to carry one marble around the park. Design walkways that lead from one ride to another.

Internet Links
Amusement Park Design and Layout

Thinkquest: Park Opening

A Visit to Yesterland — The Discontinued Disneyland

Student Resources

  • Sample Theme Park Map

    Project Link 2 (Chapter 2, page F41)
    Design two different roller coasters for your amusement park. Build a three-dimensional model that will fit on your posterboard. Make sure each roller coaster can carry at least one marble. Experiment to determine how fast the coaster can go. Then, beside each coaster, give its name and information about how high and how fast it goes.

    Internet Links
    Roller Coasters

    Funderstanding Roller Coaster

    The Annenberg/CPB Exhibits
    Amusement Park Physics: Roller Coaster

    ThinkQuest: The Law of Conservation of Energy — Free Fall

    Student Resources

  • Ride Information Card

    Project Link 3 (Chapter 3, page F76)
    Choose two different motion rides to design. The rides should start, stop, and carry at least one marble. One of the rides should turn in circles. The other should use a swing. Give each ride a name. Then experiment with your rides to determine how fast each goes and the safety features each needs. Display this information beside each ride.

    Internet Links
    Motion RIdes

    Annenberg/CPB Exhibits
    Amusement Park Physics: Pendulum

    Annenberg/CPB Exhibits
    Amusement Park Physics: Carousel

    ThinkQuest: Centripetal Force — The Typhoon

    Arizona Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers
    What Is Motion?

    The Big Ferris Wheel
    Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — North Side: George Ferris

    Student Resources

  • Ride Safety and Precaution Card

    Project Link 4 (Chapter 4, page F87)
    Bumper cars are a very popular amusement park ride. Imagine one bumper car colliding with a second bumper car that is touching a third bumper car. Describe what happens to the cars.

    Using three marbles of the same size, create a model of this crash. Describe what happens to each “car” during the collision. Test as many different kinds of collisions as you can think of. Describe the result of each collision on a card next to a drawing of it.

    Internet Links
    Bumper-Car Rides

    Video Bumper Cars

    Annenberg/CPB Exhibits
    Amusement Park Physics: Bumper Cars

    Annenberg/CPB Exhibits
    Amusement Park Physics: Colliding Cars

    Student Resources

  • Collision Report

    Project Link 5 (Chapter 5, page F119)
    Use cups, a slide and a pan of water to create a Marble Park water ride. The challenge here is to make a big splash without turning the cup over.

    Internet Links
    Water Rides

    Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

    Student Resources

  • Ride Specifications

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