Smartphone Physics at Amusement Parks

Spring is well underway, and many secondary physics teachers have already or will soon take their students on the typical rite-of-passage to an amusement park. Across eight academic years of high school teaching, including my practical year, I took my students to Six Flags preceded by detailed preparation for their end-of-year project. Being from central Illinois, I took a lot of inspiration from the work of the St. Louis Area Physics Teachers' (SLAPT) resources. SLAPT's resources include both "packets" students can complete at corresponding rides as well as detailed acceleration and barometer data sets that students can use for analysis and comparing to the geometry of the ride. Students fr

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