Log In

Grades

Subjects

Info

Grades

3-12

Accessibility

Auditory, Visual

Permitted Use

Stream Only


Part of WGBH
190 Favorites
13700 Views

Centripetal Force: Roller Coaster Loops

What can we learn about physics from an amusement park ride? This videosegment, produced for Teachers' Domain, uses roller coaster footage todemonstrate that what really keeps people pinned to their seats as aroller coaster hurtles through a loop isn't just the seat belts, it's centripetal force. To reinforce this important scientific principle,a physics teacher successfully swings a cup of water around his headwithout spilling a drop.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Contributor:
Funder:
Producer:

You must be logged in to use this feature

Need an account?
Register Now