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Roller Coasters / Skydiving


Price: $29.95
Order Number: 711.0022
Format : DVD

This product includes a DVD, CD-ROM (contains additional student activities) and online access to a Teacher’s Guide. The CD-ROM includes a Spanish language soundtrack.

Roller Coasters - What forces are at work during a roller coaster ride? Host Peggy Knapp meets with physics experts to find out what makes a roller coaster move and stay on the track. Peggy bravely rides a roller coaster to experience the stomach-churning physics for herself. Learn why roller coasters always start with a big hill, and why riders feel various effects while riding.

Concepts: Centripetal force, gravity, potential, kinetic energy.

Skydiving- What is the science behind parachute jumping and skydiving? Host David Heil learns about air resistance and gravity from Jan Dabrowski. David discovers how skydivers prepare for the dive and finally takes the big leap himself. Your students learn how skydivers control their rate of descent, what gravity and air resistance have to do with skydiving, and how a parachute works.

Concepts: Aerodynamics, air resistance, gravity, patterns of change, technology.

Rights granted with the purchase of DVD include: a) life of media audiovisual use, b) public performance, c) campus or building closed circuit and digital/video-on-demand transmission.

Click here for Teacher’s Guide

Ideal for Grades: 6 - 9
Duration: 30 minutes
Producer: Twin Cities Public Television
Series Order #711

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