Roller Coaster Report

The purpose of this experiment is to work on finding the laws of conservation on a roller coaster. The laws of conservation changes into the conservation of energy, which can’t be created or destroyed. Their are different types of energy. Kinetic, Potential, and mechanical energy all play a factor on a roller coaster. Kinetic Energy is the energy of motion. You need movement on a roller coaster. Their is Potential Energy in different parts on the roller coaster. When doing this experiment energy will change, Transformation of Energy. Energy changes from Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy, and Potential Energy to Mechanical Energy. Velocity and Height do play a factor when building and using a roller coaster. Velocity, also known as speed plays a part since their will be a lot of movement. Height plays a factor as well, because it shows how steep the roller coaster can be since it does affect the types energy that will play a factor in this.

The three important points of my roller coaster was the height of the start of the roller coaster which was 90 centimeters. The second point of my roller coaster was the loop which is 23 centimeters. The last point was the bottom surface of the roller coaster which was 0 centimeters.

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The roller coaster failed the first time, because the top of the hill wasn’t high enough. It failed, because the top of the hill wasn’t curved. the speed of the car was really slow, and didn’t complete the course. The changes I made to the roller coaster was making the top of the hill a little more curved so the car could build up enough speed. The Potential Energy was at its greatest when it was at the top of the hill. The Kinetic Energy was at its greatest when the car was at the top of the loop.

 

My car was only able to complete one loop. It’s only able to complete one loop, because the roller coaster wasn’t as long compared to others. Energy is transformed on my favorite roller coaster, because its at different stages. Their are different stages where the Kinetic Energy is higher than the Potential Energy , and the Potential Energy is greater than the Kinetic Energy.

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