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Event Brings Physics to the Amusement Park

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Event Brings Physics to the Amusement Park

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Event Brings Physics to the Amusement Park

Event Brings Physics to the Amusement Park

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Physics students in Utah recently attended an event where they learned about concepts like acceleration, velocity, magnetism, and centripetal force.

But this was no boring science fair: It was Physics Day at the Lagoon Amusement Park, north of Salt Lake City. The kids tested theories by riding roller coasters and dropping raw eggs from the towering Sky Coaster ride.

One Utah high school that takes part in "amusement park physics" reports that it now needs three full-time physics teachers to meet growing student interest.

Robin Sussingham reports from member station KUSU in Logan, Utah.

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