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Roller Coaster Science: 50 Wet, Wacky, Wild, Dizzy Experiments about Things Kids Like Best Paperback – February 9, 1994

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From the Publisher

This entertaining and educational book features simple experiments--all having to do with how people have fun--that kids can easily accomplish. Explains everything from the speed of a roller coaster through the physics of toys to the scientific principles behind popcorn. Covers a variety of disciplines including math, chemistry and physics in an intriguing way. Contains numerous activities which help to reinforce scientific principles.

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Experience all the fun of science and explore the science of fun Now you can discover…
  • Why you don’t fly out of your seat when amusement park rides turn upside down
  • Why a Frisbee flies
  • What makes popcorn pop and hot dogs plump
With dozens of fun, safe, and inexpensive experiments, Jim Wiese reveals the secrets behind these and lots of other awesome mysteries. Did you ever wonder what makes a curveball curve, how cotton candy is made, and why fun house mirrors make you look so weird? Here’s a wild way to learn the real reasons. Packed with amusing illustrations and easy-to-follow explanations, Roller Coaster Science is a great way to get into physics, chemistry, biology, and more.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 26, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471594040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471594048
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was referenced by several others, so I thought I would give it a try. The author has written the Amusement Park Physics manual for a kit produced by CENCO Scientific, and I was curious what might be in store. The book contains a number of activities appropriate to 3rd through 7th grade, or even a curious adult. The activities are fun, but without some sort of supporting instruction, they become randomized fun things to do with little meaningful learning going on. This might be a good resource for a teacher to use for some laboratory experiment ideas that can be supported by coherent instruction. I am happy that I have it as a reference on my shelf.
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