Task (1): Group Research

Part A: The 'fun' aspect of roller coaster's

During this task you will have to describe what it means to build a roller coaster that results in the most pee in your pants, throw up on your neighbor, best roller coaster in Canada if not the world.  This can include the actual track, the theme of the ride, what you ride in, where its built, how fast they go or any other considerations that they may discover on their own. Here are several websites (this is not an exhaustive list) in order to help you complete your research:

 o    Roller Coaster Data Base

Search Google:

                               •    what makes a great roller coaster

                               •    Canadian roller coaster

 Part B: The safety aspect of roller coaster's

During this task your group will be responsible for explaining safety features that you will have to consider in order to build a safe but yet still fun roller coaster. Here is a list of several (but again not exhaustive list) of websites to help you with your research:

o    Roller Coaster Expert
o    How Stuff Works    search roller coaster


Search Google:
                                •    Physics of roller coaster
                                •    Design of roller coaster
                                •    Cost to build roller coaster
                                •    Roller coaster materials
                                •    Who designs roller coasters


Task (2): Design Proposal

Now that you have completed your research on what it takes to create a fun and safe roller coaster it is now time to make your design. In order to make the design of your roller coaster you can spend time researching designs of roller coaster’s on the internet to help you with ideas. Once you have a good idea of what your design is you must create a design proposal. This proposal must include:

  1. Your track design - you may want to consider things such as: theme, seating plan, twist and turn design, height and starting point.
  2. Explanation of your track design (use your research for your explanation)
  3. Source your resources
  4. Use 'Materials Cost' handout to create a budget. Your budget must include material cost, ticket cost, how many people can ride or any other considerations of cost. You will be required to state a number of days until they make a profit.
  5. Explanation of materials used in order to create your roller coaster

Research done in task (1) should be adequate since in your proposal you are expected to describe your thought process of why you chose to design your rollercoaster the way you did. If research is not sufficient you may find this task more difficult. Remember that this proposal must be handed in and feedback will be given, thus your group may have to make some revisions in order to proceed to the next task.

Task (3): Making Visual and Graph of your roller coaster.

Once your group has received your feedback on your design proposal and has made any (if needed) adjustments to your design it is now time to make your roller coaster a reality (or a small version of it anyways)!  

Your group is required to make a visual of your roller coaster. This visual has no limitations so your group needs to complete the task but how you create it is all up to your group!

Your group also has to create a graph of your roller coaster. In this graph you should depict the track on a coordinate grid where the start point is at the origin.  Since you may have loops and turns in your roller coaster you may leave these sections out on your graph. You should however clearly indicate that you are missing a section of your graph. Once the graph is complete your group will then be required to describe the sections of their graph. These descriptions should include: 

  1. What type of function each section is (linear or quadratic)
  2. Equation of each function
  3. Descriptions of each function (vertex, slope, intercepts, axis of symmetry, concavity, domain, range)
  4. Describe what translation(s) have been done on the graphs of y = x2 and y = x for each section of your graph.
  5. Explain why you chose to put this function at this particular point in your roller coaster.

This graph should be labeled and have an appropriate scale on it. 

The following shows two examples of how your roller coaster graph should be done.  For the sections that you cannot determine equations for you can either draw an approximate representation or simply insert a description.