Amusement Park Physics
Recommended for High School and Middle School Science.
Amusement Park Physics is the second edition of a book published by The American Association of Physics Teachers. The book’s author Clarence Bakken, a retired physics teacher from Palo Alto, California, has been developing curricular materials related to amusement park physics since 1995.
The book is an excellent resource for teachers who want their students to connect their experiences at an amusement park to the physics concepts studied in class. The book explains how the instruments used to collect data, including electronic sensors, work on a conceptual level.
The book provides an extensive discussion of the analysis of the data including graphs. A key portion of the book discusses taking your class to the amusement park, and includes sample lab sheets and problem sets.