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Physics Coaster

Science

Creativity

Critical Thinking

Demonstrate the first law of thermodynamics by using the transfer of potential energy to kinetic energy with a Minecraft roller coaster!

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Time to complete the challenge

20-30 mins

Objective

Demonstrate the first law of thermodynamics by using the transfer of potential energy to kinetic energy with a minecart roller coaster! Create your own track and identify points at which a car has maximum kinetic energy and maximum potential energy.

Extensions

  • Work with a partner and have them find the key points of maximum energy on each other’s track.
  • Use the camera and portfolio to export your project, or record a video of riding the roller coaster.
  • Work as a class to create a physics theme park.