Amusement Park Physics

No doubt about it: we all love amusement parks. If you’re fortunate enough to live close enough to one to buy a season pass, that’s great! And if a trip to an amusement park involves planning a vacation around it, well, that’s okay too. We still love them.
However, did you ever stop to think about the SCIENCE behind amusement parks? I’m talking about physics, that most mathematical of sciences. Physics play a huge part in designing amusement park rides that are fun, safe, and exciting.
That’s where today’s FamilyFirst site comes into play: Amusement Park Physics.
For instance, let’s take that most dramatic of amusement park rides: the roller coater. Note what the site has to say about the heart-in-your-throat experience of riding a wild coaster:

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Artcom Museum Tour


A relaxing way to spend a summer afternoon (or any afternoon, for that matter) is to visit a museum. There you can loose yourself in the beauty of artwork or sculpture, paintings or writings. But finding the time to do that can often be hard to do. Until today anyway. The Family First Site today looks at a way to visit museums and never leave the comfort of you desktop.

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The Rijksmuseum


Several years ago I had the opportunity to spend several months in the Netherlands. While there I did some of the usual tourist sightseeing, and discovered some interesting things about the Dutch. One of the most interesting attractions I visited is the subject of today’s Family First Site.

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The Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web

The documents of our country contain information about who we are as a nation, and how we got to be the nation that we are. But they also contain the heart and soul of the people who have made us. The Smithsonian Institute is the repository for much of that history, and is located in Washington, D.C. Not very easy to visit and look at however. But thanks to the efforts of today’s Family First Site, it is possible to visit some of those exhibits without leaving the comfort of your own home.

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Mariner’s Museum

One of the fond memories I have of my service in the Navy was the actual time at sea. There is an aura of being out in the middle of the ocean, completely out of sight of land. It really brought home the traditions and history of not just the navy, but of seafaring as well. Part of that tradition and history is captured by today’s Family First Site.

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