This post was authored by Mr. Allen Burton.
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Thanks to MVGS Parent Mrs. Barbara Verhaalen, our students were safely and stylishly able to carry wireless accelerometers and altimeters on most of the rides at King’s Dominion during our visit last Friday. Students were predicted and then tested their predictions as to which ride in the park would have the greatest magnitude of acceleration as measured by the probes. This was part of a larger assignment looking briefly at the effects of accelerations on the human body. After designing their own roller coasters in Physics 1, our students found this a worthwhile use of time in the park. Besides, who can complain when a class assignment requires you to ride a roller coaster? Check out the data from The Intimidator taken by one of our riders:
Students are spending class time this week conditioning and analyzing the data as well as looking up some facts regarding acceleration as experienced by astronauts. Maybe we can unlock the secret behind the tunnel vision reportedly experienced by many riders on The Intimidator? Who says Physics isn’t Phun?
Your faithful blog editor has frequently been heard to say that Physics isn’t Phun (I gagged a little at the inappropriate spelling, btw), but Mr. Burton assures me I am incorrect.