Who knew the laws of physics could be behind our enjoyment of roller coasters, bumper cars and other amusement park rides? Dollywood recently hosted 54 Maryville College physics students for a day at the park to learn about physics thanks to a grant through the ORAU Events Sponsorship Program. The grant was awarded based on a proposal from a Maryville College physics professor who sought to teach students about the physics of roller coaster rides. Watch the video to hear more about what the students learned.
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