Roller Coaster Complete System - ME-9812



The PASCO Roller Coaster Complete System makes it easy for students to set up any number of track configurations as well as get quantitative measurements.

Using the rigid support pegs and the white board support panels (use a dry erase pen to make notes or calculations right on the panels) the track can be setup quickly and easily and in a variety of manners.

Photogates can be added at many positions around the track to measure the low friction Mini Car's velocity.  Create a simple incline to measure constant acceleration, a traditional coaster for conservation of energy, a loop for centripetal acceleration or even a brachiochrone to show that the car following that path will take less time than the straight line path.  

Available separately are the Ballistic Pendulum Accessory and the Physical Pendulum Accessory which expand your Roller Coaster Complete System even further. 

Roller Coaster Applications:

The flexible nature of the Roller Coaster Complete System allows many important physics concepts to be demonstrated and explored.

  • Conservation of Energy
  • Brachistochrone Path
  • Centripetal Acceleration
  • Projectile Motion/Conservation of Energy
  • Inclined Plane


  • Support Panels: Have a variety of track configuration holes predrilled for easy student assembly. Feature a dry erase surface so calculations can be performed at the point of interest on the track.
  • Mini Cars: Feature low-friction ball bearings and ABS construction to withstand repeated impacts. One red, one yellow and one green Mini Car included. Each car includes a slot for a supplied photogate flag, cup/mass holder and cup. The body of the car extends just far enough below the wheels to protect them should the car leave the track.
  • Ballast Mass: Can be added to the mass tray of a Mini Car or hidden under a Mini Car to increase the energy without changing the car's appearance.
  • Flexible track: Guides carts on their path, yet is flexible enough to form loops and hills, or can be rolled out flat on a table. Easily attaches to the support pegs using the twist-on track clips. Long pegs allow two tracks side-by-side for comparison.
  • Probeware Compatible: Threaded support pegs and Mini Car photogate flags allow photogates to be used at many positions around the track to measure velocity and acceleration.


  • Flexible track (9.1 meters)
  • Mini Cars (3)
  • Mini Car collision accessory (3)
  • Mini Car photogate flags (3)
  • Track clips (50)
  • Support pegs for track (43)
  • Support panel sections (3)
  • Support feet (4)
  • Photogate support pegs (4)
  • Mini Car catcher (2)
  • Water cup (3)
  • Mini Car ballast mass (3)
  • Photogate brackets (4)
  • Track couplers (2)
  • Ballast masses (3)
  • How It Works

    Roller Coaster tracks are constructed by securing flexible track on pegs in the three large support panels. Because the pegs are easily moved, runs on multiple track configurations can be tested and compared. You can even place two tracks side-by-side for a race! The plastic track comes in a roll and is easy to cut so you can make tracks of any length you need.

    Buying Guide

    Mini Cars (Set of 3)
    Roller Coaster Track
    Spares Kit - Roller Coaster
    Replacement Parts
    Mini Cars (Set of 3)   ME-9813
    Roller Coaster Track   ME-9814
    Spares Kit - Roller Coaster   ME-9815