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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Physics Trip

The physics department held a fun yet educational trip to Thorpe Park for a lesson on the laws of physics that make the world of roller coasters go round.

Recently, the physics department held a fun yet educational trip to Thorpe Park for years 10, 12 & 13. We all went on a range of rides from the ridiculously simple Flying Fish, to the frighteningly tall Stealth.

After a couple of hours of adrenalin rushes, we gathered by ‘the dome’ and had a lesson on the laws of physics that make the world of roller coasters go round. This included a range of demonstrations that involved students (and Mr Martinez) volunteering to prove some of Newton’s Laws of Motion. We also found out about how G-force can affect the thrill of a ride and we found out that you can experience a G-force of 4.5 on The Swarm (we were told that you start to lose consciousness at a G-force of 5)! After the lesson, we got more free time to enjoy the theme park. Although some of the queues took quite a while, the wait was definitely worth it!
 
Jessica Gabriel (Y10)