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Roller Coaster Physics Project is an exercise in problem solving that pulls together all of the concepts 8th greaders are learning in their Force & Motion Unit. Students must use their understanding of how different forces affect on objects motion to make sure that they build their roller coaster to allow the marble to complete the track successfully. Then they need to be able to explain how Isaac Newton's 3 Laws of Motion and Law of Universal Gravitation are evident in the marbles course through the track. Although it looks like a fairly easy task, students soon learn that what they thought might work, sometimes doesn't and you have to rethink & redesign until you get the desired results.