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Suggested Reading:
Amusement Park Physics: A Teacher’s Guide Amusement Park Physics: A Teacher’s Guide
Unterman, Nathan A., Amusement Park Physics: A Teacher’s Guide, Second Edition; J. Weston Walch, Publisher, Portland,   ME. ©2001.
- This book is a complete curriculum and teaching guide    for Amusement Park Physics. It covers planning, pre-trip    activities, tests, answers, formulas, and more.
Theme Park Print Materials Theme Park Print Materials
Here is a great online source for more books on Theme Parks that deal with science!

Feel free to browse through.

More Reading:

Ferris Wheels: An Illustrated History
Anderson, Norman, Ferris Wheels: An Illustrated History,; Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1992.
  • Interested in Ferris Wheels? This is an outstanding scholarly work on the history and construction of Ferris Wheels. Includes numerous references, patent drawings, and much more.

The Incredible Scream Machine: A History of the Roller Coaster
Cartmell, Robert, The Incredible Scream Machine: A History of the Roller Coaster,Amusement Park Books, Inc., Fairview Park, OH 44126. 1987.
  • Interested in roller coasters? This is an great refernece on the histroy and construction of roller coasters, with actually engineering notes.

Amusement Park Physics Handbook
Escobar, Carole, editor, Amusement Park Physics Handbook, Amusement Park Physics Handbook Committee, American Association of Physics Teachers, College Park, MD. 1989.
  • For teachers, this handbook is great resource. It includes several activities, TPT article reprints, and much more.

Carnival Secrets. How to Win at Carnival Games, Which Games to Avoid, How to Make Your Own Games
Gryczan, Matthew, Carnival Secrets. How to Win at Carnival Games, Which Games to Avoid, How to Make Your Own Games Piccadilly Books, Colorado Springs, CO, 1993.
  • This is an outstanding paperback that discusses the science, probability, and construction of carnival games. Some can be easily made into physics labs.

The Outdoor Amusement Industry: From Earliest Times to the Present
Mangels, William F., The Outdoor Amusement Industry: From Earliest Times to the Present, 1952. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 52-13299.
  • Interested in the history of amusement parks and carnivals? Check out this book and learn how the Amusement Park industry came to be.

Harry G. Traver: Legends of Terror
Munch, Richard, Harry G. Traver: Legends of Terror, Amusement Park Books, Mentor, OH. 1982. ISBN 0-935408-02-9
  • This is a biography about information about Harry G. Traver, a famous roller coaster designer. It is very insightful, has track layouts, and much more.

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