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Science & Nature

Roller Coaster Physics for Middle School Students

Investigating how roller coasters work with basic physics.
DEDRA N DEMAREE
3 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
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Class
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
10-14
year olds
3-6
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn how to analyze motion to calculate acceleration and understand what accelerations are safe for human enjoyment.  Students will learn how to use energy to determine how fast a roller coaster can go down a big drop.  Students will learn about loop-the-loops and the minimum speed needed to complete them.
I have been teaching physics for 20 years, moving from college to high school after finding that I strongly prefer small classes and a setting where I can really get to know my students and help them as they grow.  I have worked with middle school students online and look forward to extending the physics I have done so often to a younger population of budding scientists!
All homework will be collecting real world data either from looking up roller coasters online or taking accelerometer data using a standard phone.  Data can be collected from something like a car ride - it is not necessary to visit an amusement park.  All data will be analyzed in class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Assessment will be given based on the level of engagement in discussions, completed assignments, and ability to analyze the data during class given guidance.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.

Teacher

DEDRA N DEMAREEPhysics is my life!
3 total reviews
2 completed classes

About Me

I started my career as a tenure-line faculty member, and successfully fulfilled the departmental goals of revamping their large-lecture introductory calculus-based physics courses.  This included constructing a technology-rich active learning... 
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