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Web Sites

Amusement Ride Accidents
http://members.aol.com/rides911/accidents.htm
News about accidents and injuries related to amusement park rides.

Doing Science: An Introduction to Physical Science
http://acept.la.asu.edu/courses/phs110/ds/toc.html
An online textbook for physics.

How Things Work
http://landau1.phys.virginia.edu/Education/Teaching/HowThingsWork/
A physics professor answers questions about how things work.

The Physics Classroom
http: //www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/gbssci/phys/Class/BBoard.html
An online physics tutorial written for high school students.

Principles of Aeronautics: Forces and Motion
http://wings.avkids.com/Curriculums/Forces_Motion/
Lesson plans and experiments that illustrate Newton's laws of motion.

History of Roller Coaster Innovations
http://www.me.utexas.edu/~uer/roller/history.html
Information about roller coaster history and selected rides, with an article on "The Most Terrifying Coaster Ever!"

Roller Coaster Database
http://roller.coaster.net
A searchable database of roller coaster statistics, covering more than 450 rides.

Theme Parks
http://themeparks.miningco.com
The Mining Co.'s guide to theme parks, including links to background information and parks.

 

Books

The American Amusement Park Industry: A History of Technology and Thrills, Judith A. Adams. Twayne, 1991.

The Incredible Scream Machine: A History of the Roller Coaster, Robert Cartmell. Amusement Park Books, 1986.

Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher, Richard Feynman. Addison-Wesley, 1996.

The Great American Carousel: A Century of Master Craftmanship, Tobin Fraley. Chronicle Books, 1994.

Basic Physics: A Self-Teaching Guide, Karl F. Kuhn. John Wiley & Sons, 1996.

Scream Machines: Roller Coasters Past, Present, and Future, Herma Silverstein. Walker, 1986.

The Roller Coaster Lover's Companion: A Thrill Seeker's Guide to the World's Best Coasters, Steven Urbanowicz. Citadel, 1997.

The Illustrated Guide to the World's Biggest and Best Roller Coaster and Thrill Rides, Mark Wyatt.
Random House, 1996.

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