FLIGHT DECK - The Ride

1. Find the region on the graph that meets each of these descriptions. Record the corresponding letter for each region in the space provided.
____ Work is being done by an electric motor on the cars

____ This point has the greatest Gravitational Potential Energy

____ This point has the greatest Kinetic Energy

2. Is there a place where the riders go at a constant speed? Where? How did you determine they were going at a constant speed there? (Be specific)

3. At this place on the ride, do the riders experience any net forces? Any net accelerations? In which direction is the net force if there is one? Why did you answer these questions the way you did?

4. Are there any energy changes going on during this section of the ride? Describe them.

5. List 2 places where the riders are speeding up. (These can be between the lettered points on the graph or at specific places on the ride as you saw it in the video.) Are there any energy changes going on in each section? Describe. Would the riders feel any net forces or accelerations? Describe the direction of any net forces and indicate why they would feel the net force in this direction.
 Location on Ride Energy Changes Net Forces/Accelerations (a) (b)
6. List 2 places where the riders are slowing down. (These can be between the lettered points on the graph or at specific places on the ride as you saw it in the video.) Are there any energy changes going on in each section? Describe. Would the riders feel any net forces or accelerations? Describe the direction of any net forces and indicate why they would feel the net force in this direction.
 Location on Ride Energy Changes Net Forces/Accelerations (c) (d)
7. List 2 places where the riders are changing direction rapidly. (These can be between the lettered points on the graph or at specific places on the ride as you saw it in the video.) Are there any energy changes going on in each section? Describe. Would the riders feel any net forces or accelerations? Describe the direction of any net forces and indicate why they would feel the net force in this direction.
 Location on Ride Energy Changes Net Forces/Accelerations (e) (f)
8. Five concepts are listed here. Choose two (2) of them and describe a situation/location on Flight Deck where each of your concepts comes into play for the riders. Explain how this physics concept influences the experience people have on the ride!
Inertia     Momentum     Friction     Energy     Centripetal Force

9. Roller coasters are considered to be "gravity machines". Describe three (3) ways in which the effect of gravity affects the ride and/or riders on a typical roller coaster. Be specific and thorough.

This worksheet does not ask students for calculations but asks them to apply the basic concepts to a specific ride. In this case it is Flight Deck, which is featured in several commercially available video tapes. If you have a videotape of one of the rides at the park, and you have data similar to the data displayed here, you can generate your own worksheet using this one as a model.