WHAT IS IT?

The Science of Tubing is a three-hour field trip that includes tube rentals, lifts to the top of the hill, all of the equipment needed for the experiments and plenty of free time for tubing fun!
What educational advantages are there for your students to travel to Buck Hill and slide down a hill on a tube?
The Tubing Area at Buck Hill is an ideal laboratory allowing your students the opportunity to not only witness the laws of physics in operation but also experience them first hand. Unlike using their textbooks, your students are given the opportunity to collect and analyze their own raw data.  You may want your students to quantify their results or you may have them simply describe what they have experienced with your guidance. To quantify their experiences, only simple equipment is needed. All of this equipment will be furnished by Buck Hill. Using this equipment to gather the necessary data will allow calculations of the following: Average speed, acceleration, the force of friction, coefficient of friction, potential energy, kinetic energy, work, and power.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the activities, students will have an enhanced understanding of the following concepts of physics on the macroscopic scale:
WORK • POWER • FORCE
KINEMATICS • FRICTION • ACCELERATION
POTENTIAL ENERGY • KINETIC ENERGY
CONSERVATION OF ENERGY
AVERAGE SPEED
PRINCIPLE OF GRAPHING
TRIGONOMETRY

EDUCATIONAL ADVANTAGES

1.  Calculate average velocity while descending the hill.
2.  Apply the principles of conservation of energy to determine the speed and acceleration of an object while traveling down the hill.
3. Calculate the coefficient of friction.
4. Calculate the work done.
5. Use right triangle trigonometry to calculate the height of the hill.
6. Apply Newton’s Laws of motion to explain the effect of forces on passengers.
7. Calculate the effect of friction bringing the tube to rest at the bottom of the hill.
8. Calculate the potential and kinetic energies.
9. Calculate the work needed to pull a tuber up the hill.

HOW TO RESERVE

A minimum number of participants is also required, please contact the Ski School for details.
Schedule your trip today by contacting:
Ski School (952) 255-6700
Snow Sessions are available beginning at 9:00 AM Monday through Friday, November through March (weather permitting).
Warm Weather Sessions are available June through October.  Lunch can be provided by Buck Hill at an additional cost. Please contact the Ski School for more information.
NOTE: Groups are to provide their own staff at each zone for student activities. Buck Hill does not provide teaching staff in any zone but will have staff available to assist students at the top of the tubing hill and at the entrance to the lift.