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What should I purchase for doing Amusement Park Physics?

The Amusement Park Physics, order code AMPK book describes several methods for collecting data from roller coaster rides. If you are starting new, the best products to use are:

Wireless Dynamics Sensor System, order code WDSS
Data Vest, order code DV, $54

Note that the best practice is to set up a "download station" at the park, where someone stays with a laptop. Student groups go out to collect data, then return to the download station to move the data from the WDSS to the computer, save a file with the student names, and do some analysis.

#1 Tip for collecting data from roller coasters: Test out all of your equipment BEFORE you leave for the park. Do some dry runs at a local playground so that you and at least a few of your students are comfortable with setting up data collection, then retrieving the data when the experiment is over.

A great web site with tips and tricks for data collection on roller coasters is:
www.physicsday.org

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