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PHYSICS IN THE ATTRACTIONS

Mirabilandia is transformed into a huge open-air laboratory and offers students the unique opportunity to observe and experience the practical applications of physics concepts, carrying out experiments on the Park’s attractions.

INFORMATION

AGE

DURATION

ADDITIONAL CHARGE

TEACHING MATERIAL

INFORMATION
Upper secondary (14-18 years)
1 hour 50 mins
€5 per person (in addition to the School Group entrance fee per person)
Activity support cards, equipment for performing experiments

 

 

The experiences we offer students are 100% original and difficult to repeat in any context other than Mirabilandia. 

At Mirabilandia you can “learn while having fun” by performing experiments you can’t do in a school laboratory. The Park is a real-life environment in which the laws of physics are learned and the separation between what we study in school and real life is reduced, from theory to practice.  Students collect data themselves, directly onboard the attractions using smartphones made available by the Park. Subsequently, guided by the tutor, they reflect on the bodily sensations experienced, and analyse the data collected to understand the motion of the attractions and the forces at play.

The educational course includes the study of 2 attractions, subject to availability, from the following options: 

NEW FOR 2020 - DESMO PHYSICS RACE: Physics in motion

This educational course is based on the “Desmo Race” ride. An interactive rollercoaster with two parallel tracks to test yourself in a moto GP race! 

Uncover the most surprising and fascinating aspects of riding a motorcycle.

We will analyse:

control of the bike when turning corners;

  • balance;
  • balance of forces acting in straight motion (wheelie, breaking);
  • the interaction between terrain and motion through the tyres;
  • careening and aerodynamics.

ISPEED

Inspired by Formula 1, this rollercoaster stands out for its magnetic launch system that replaces the classic towing chain on the first incline.

Activities include:

  • analysis of the train’s magnetic launch system;
  • measurements of acceleration on the attractions during motion;
  • analysis of the sensations experienced onboard the attractions as a result of forces;
  • measurement of the speed of the train at certain points along the route and the height of the attraction.

OIL TOWERS

Two towers ideal for analysing the sensations experienced when subjected to strong accelerations, tackling the problem of motion from different reference systems and making speed and height measurements. Activities include:

  • analysis of the sensations experienced onboard the ride as a result of forces in action;
  • measurement of accelerations during the launch and, once on the ground, analysis of the data collected to understand the motion of the car;
  • measuring the height of the Towers;
  • determining the average speed of the car by timing the descent time.

KATUN

Katun has a vertical loop and various twists; due to its structural characteristics it’s particularly interesting for the study of mechanical energy in physical phenomena.

Activities include:

  • analysis of the sensations experienced onboard the ride as a result of forces in action;
  • measurement of accelerations during motion;
  • evaluation of the energies involved;
  • measurement of the height of some parts of the ride and the calculation of its speed.

CAROUSEL

The classic horse carousel is a precious opportunity to repeat the Foucault pendulum experiment and analyse motions in rotating systems.
Activities include:

  • observation and analysis of the motion of a pendulum mounted on the attraction, linking it to Foucault’s experiment relating to the Earth’s rotation;
  • study of the role of apparent forces in non-inertial reference, with experimental demos;
  • deepening of knowledge relating to uniform circular motion by calculating its characteristic quantities.

BLU RIVER

We descend quickly, aquaplaning onboard a rubber dinghy along a wavy slide. What forces work for and against the descent? What energies are in play?

Activities include:

  • measurement of descent times and calculation of speed on boarding the dinghies;
  • analysis of the sensations experienced on descent in relation to the profile of the slide;
  • evaluation of the energies involved by applying Newton’s Law to the motion of the dinghies.

AUTOSPLASH

Due to its specific characteristics, this attraction is especially suitable for studying motion from a kinematic viewpoint.

Activities include:

  • measuring distances, times and speed;
  • identifying types of motion of the boat;
  • measuring accelerations along the route.

DIVERTICAL AND EL DORADO FALLS

Divertical, the tallest watercoaster in the world, and El Dorado Falls allow us to study the characteristics of rollercoasters and discover the role of water on motion.

Activities include:

  • analysis of sensations experienced onboard the ride due to forces in play;
  • measurement of accelerations during motion;
  • evaluation of energies in play and the braking effect of water;
  • measurement of heights and speed.

GOLD DIGGER

An attraction set in an Old West mine, full of ups and downs and unexpected twists and turns.

Activities include:

  • measurement of accelerations onboard the cars during motion;
  • analysis of the sensations experienced onboard the cars due to forces;
  • evaluation of the energy transformations that occur on the ride

BUFFALO BILL RODEO

The innovative course of this disco coaster takes you up, down, round and round: a rodeo of physics.

Activities include:

  • timing of rotations;
  • analysis of motions and their composition;
  • evaluation of energy transformations that occur on the course.

MASTER THAI

This rollercoaster plays with kinematics and dynamics...double track.

Activities include:

  • measurement of accelerations onboard the cars during motion;
  • analysis of the sensations experienced onboard the cars due to forces;
  • determination of the average speed of the cars during one lap;
  • evaluation of the energy transformations that occur on the ride

INFORMATION AND BOOKING:

The choice of attractions is made according to availability at the time of telephone booking.

Parco della Standiana Srl - SS 16 Adriatica km. 162

Loc. Mirabilandia , 48125 Savio (RA) - Italy

Tel +39 0544 561156  Fax +39 0544 560195

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