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Physics Students Use Winter Weather For Learning

The RP physics classes are enjoying the snowy weather by doing “winter physics”. The students took measurements to determine the height and angle of a hill and their speed at the bottom of the hill. After the data was collected, the students calculated how much of their potential energy at the top of the hill was converted into kinetic energy. On average, a sledder only receives about 30% of the energy from the height of the hill. While this may disappoint some students, this makes sledding safer since speeds are reduced.

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