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  Amusement Park Physics -- Roller Coaster
For many people, there is only one reason to go to an amusement park: the roller coaster.
The conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy is what drives the roller coaster, and all of the kinetic energy you need for the ride is present once the coaster descends the first hill..
Roller coasters can be wooden or steel, and can be looping or nonlooping.
www.learner.org /exhibits/parkphysics/coaster.html   (326 words)

 Six Flags America Roller Coaster Building Contest
We are encouraging schools to build and enter roller coaster models built by teams of students in either of the two grade categories: Grades 5-8 or Grades 9-12.
Roller coasters are called "gravity rides" for a good reason: once the coaster has been dragged to the top of the first hill and released, it is the force of gravity that keeps the coaster going all the way back to the station platform at the end of the ride.
The model roller coaster will be judged for its merits as a possible ride to be purchased by an amusement park.
www.aapt.org /Contests/rollercoaster.cfm   (969 words)

 Roller coaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some coasters move back and forth along the same section of track; these roller coasters are called shuttles because of this motion and usually run the circuit once with riders moving forwards and then backwards through the same course.
The oldest operating roller coaster is Leap the Dips at Lakemont Park in Pennsylvania, a side friction roller coaster built in 1902.
Wooden coasters are fondly looked at by coaster enthusiasts for their more rough ride and "air-time" produced by negative G-forces when the coaster car reaches the top of some hills along the ride.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Roller_coaster   (2588 words)

 The Physics Classroom
A roller coaster ride is a thrilling experience which involves a wealth of physics.
Once a roller coaster has reached its initial summit and begins its descent through loops, turns and smaller hills, the only forces acting upon the coaster cars are the force of gravity, the normal force and dissipative forces such as air resistance.
The work-energy bar charts for the coaster car illustrate that the car's energy is transformed from potential to kinetic and vice versa; yet the total amount of mechanical energy remains the same during the course of the motion.
www.physicsclassroom.com /mmedia/energy/ce.html   (870 words)

 The Ultimate Roller Coaster Contest--Physical Science/Mathematics lesson plan (grades 6-8)--DiscoverySchool.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
They will probably have their own ideas on how the roller coaster should be shaped, but here is an idea on how to lay out the roller coaster on the cardboard.
The roller coaster with the greatest total height of the three hills, whose tennis ball successfully completed its journey, is the winner.
On rides such as roller coasters (and even swings), where the rider experiences fast changes in velocity due to increases or decreases in speed or simply changes in direction, the rider is subjected to unbalanced forces that give the rider an illusion of feeling heavier or lighter than normal.
school.discovery.com /lessonplans/programs/rollercoaster   (1988 words)

 Roller coaster - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia
With roller coasters, however, passengers are also sent through double-backwards corkscrews, 85-degree death drops, underground tunnel plunges, and triple-twistback loops, often at speeds of over 100 miles an hour and with G-forces approaching space shuttle launch (or crash) levels.
Safely signs are near then entrance to every coaster stating if you are drunk, high on kittens or are too short, to bypass the experience of riding on the roller coaster.
Spinning roller coaster - A roller coaster that is mounted on a slowly revolving platform, similar in principle to a revolving restaurant.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Roller_coaster   (4095 words)

 Howstuffworks "Roller Coaster History"
The direct ancestors of roller coasters were monumental ice slides -- long, steep woo­den­ slides covered in ice, some as high as 70 feet -- that were popular in Russia in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The first American roller coaster was the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway, built in the mountains of Pennsylvania in the mid-1800s.
These coasters were the main attraction at popular amusement parks throughout the United States, such as Kennywood Park in Pennsylvania and Coney Island in New York.
science.howstuffworks.com /roller-coaster1.htm   (551 words)

 Roller Coaster
When the coaster goes through a curve, the passengers' bodies want to keep going forward; thus, they are pinned to the side of the coaster.
Roller coaster designers can convert lateral g forces into positive g's by "banking a turn." If the carts are tilted inward while going through a curve, the floor, rather than the side of the cart exerts a force on the passenger.
Roller coaster designers say, "Safe enough." They have the task of manipulating g forces just enough to make the ride feel dangerous while using these same forces to keep passengers safely on the coaster.
www.teachingtools.com /GoFigure/FlyerCarpets.htm   (948 words)

 Roller Coaster History
The roller coaster was built in the Gardens of Oreinbaum in St. Petersburg in an amusement center called Katalnaya Gorka in the year 1784.
The roller coaster soon lost its appeal to the French, but just when it was about to die out a "gravity rail road", which is the same thing as a roller coaster, was unveiled by a mining company in the mountains of Pennsylvania.
This new track allowed roller coasters to maneuver in many ways that were previously impossible with a smoother ride.
www.bobholland.com /amusementparks/coasterhistory.html   (1672 words)

 Amusement Park Physics -- Design a Roller Coaster
Try your hand at designing your own roller coaster.
You will be building a conceptual coaster using the physics concepts that are used to design real coasters.
When you're done, your coaster will need to pass an inspection for both safety and fun.
www.learner.org /exhibits/parkphysics/coaster   (135 words)

"The history of the roller coaster began at the start of the 15th century in St. Petersburg, Russia." (According to the History of the Roller Coaster) The "coaster" was made out of blocks of ice with seats carved out of it.
Modern roller coasters are designed with the aid of computers." (According to the The Physics of Fear) The physics principles of roller coasters haven't changed much since the original roller coasters.
In the diagram A is the highest point of the coaster, B is 3/4 height of A, C is 1/2 of A, D is 1/4 of A, E is the ground level, and F is 1/8 of A. The car's mass is 500kg.
www.glenbrook.k12.il.us /gbssci/phys/projects/frig/yepbyrji/coaster.html   (4131 words)

 The Ultimate Roller Coaster Contest--Physical Science/Mathematics lesson plan (grades 6-8)--DiscoverySchool.com
They will probably have their own ideas on how the roller coaster should be shaped, but here is an idea on how to lay out the roller coaster on the cardboard.
The roller coaster with the greatest total height of the three hills, whose tennis ball successfully completed its journey, is the winner.
On rides such as roller coasters (and even swings), where the rider experiences fast changes in velocity due to increases or decreases in speed or simply changes in direction, the rider is subjected to unbalanced forces that give the rider an illusion of feeling heavier or lighter than normal.
school.discoveryeducation.com /lessonplans/programs/rollercoaster   (2017 words)

 Wooden roller coaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A large wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, TX wooden roller coaster or woodie is most often classified as a roller coaster with laminated steel running rails overlayed upon a wooden track.
While they are technically less capable than a steel coaster when it comes to inversions and elements, wooden coasters instead rely on an often rougher and more "wild" ride as well as a more psychological approach to inducing fear.
Once a staple in virtually every amusement park in America, wooden roller coasters appear to be on a slow decline in popularity for a number of reasons.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wooden_roller_coaster   (1541 words)

 Glencoe Science: WebQuest
Roller coasters are pulled to the top of the highest hill, then released.
A coaster has potential energy as it is pulled to the top, but this changes to kinetic energy as the coaster begins its descent.
You will design virtual roller coaster tracks and see what happens to the roller coaster when you change variables such as height of hills, length of track, mass of the coaster, and speed of the coaster.
www.glencoe.com /sec/science/webquest/content/rollercoast.shtml   (1084 words)

 Howstuffworks "How Roller Coasters Work"
Roller coasters are driven almost entirely by basic inertial, gravitational and centripetal forces, all manipulated in the service of a great ride.
In recent years, designers have introduced coasters that have you lying flat against the train car so you feel as if you are flying, and coasters that shoot you down long stretches of spiraled track.
Roller coasters, major league stadiums, turbocharged boats, high-risk towers...
science.howstuffworks.com /roller-coaster.htm   (377 words)

 Roller Coasters
In recent years, park owners have spent up to $15 million on new roller coasters that boast the titles of biggest, longest, or fastest.
A caricature of a conventional coaster, the Hypersonic XLC (Xtreme Launch Coaster) features a compressed air–powered launch that accelerates from zero to 80 mph in two seconds.
Unlike its cousin the carousel, the roller coaster experienced a rebirth when Walt Disney opened the nation's first theme park, Disneyland.
www.factmonster.com /spot/rollercoasters.html   (702 words)

 Alternative Homework Assignment: Roller Coaster
Begin your roller coaster design by choosing the ordering of the features and use your experience with roller coasters to make some rough estimates of the dimensions of the features.
The Roller Coaster is powered entirely by the gravitational potential energy it receives in being pulled to the top of the first hill.
For this reason, a good first check of the Roller Coaster is to make sure that the first hill is the tallest feature on the ride.
www.physics.umd.edu /rgroups/ripe/perg/abp/aha/coaster.htm   (1680 words)

 The Roller Coaster at Joyland Park
Joyland needed an anchor when it opened in 1949 and the Roller Coaster was chosen as the attraction that would draw guests for years to come.
Noted roller coaster designer John Allen was working under Schmeck at this time and according to historian Torrence V. Jenkins, Jr., Allen provided input to Schmeck on the coaster's design.
Coaster lovers can stop in as they drive from Worlds of Fun to Oklahoma or those visiting Wichita can spend a relaxing afternoon in the wooded glen of Joyland Park.
history.amusement-parks.com /joylandcoaster.html   (974 words)

 Project Roller Coaster
In this activity you will look at data from actual roller coasters to determine why some coasters (the standard coaster that is pulled up by a chain and it goes in a complete circuit) are faster than others.
This is a roller coaster simulation (be patient, it takes a while to load).
You can also open up the Roller Coaster Tycoon video of a coaster that shows the speed of the cars as it goes through the various parts of the coaster path.
www.rocklin.k12.ca.us /staff/dfix/project_roller_coaster/motion_speed.htm   (1070 words)

 Roller Coaster History | History of Roller Coasters and Amusement Parks
Explore this series of articles on Roller Coaster History to learn about the origin and development of this legendary amusement park scream machine.
Begin your ride through roller coaster history with an introduction from historian, Adam Sandy.
Bigger and better Roller Coasters arrive as designers now attempt to push the limits in size and designs.
www.ultimaterollercoaster.com /coasters/history   (265 words)

 Realcoasters.com - Roller Coaster Pictures
One of the coasters in this section is Monte Makaya, in Rio de Janeiro, which was the first roller coaster to feature 8 inversions, built by Intamin.
The most unique roller coaster in this park is without a doubt X; it is the only Arrow Dynamics "4th dimension" roller coaster in the world, and also my favorite roller coaster.
This medium-sized Six Flags park is home to not necessarily unique coasters, but to coasters with unique elements.
www.realcoasters.com /index.html   (909 words)

 Dream Jobs | Roller Coaster Designer
There aren't many roller coaster designers (there are about 100 roller coaster design companies in the US), and there is no special school.
As the roller coaster car gets to the crest of the hill and peers over the top at the twisted tracks and loop-the-loops that lie just ahead, you try to convince yourself that the person who designed this cruel contraption knows what he is doing.
He rode roller coasters as a kid, but never thought about designing them until years later, when a friend who worked at Arrow Dynamics, Inc., a roller coaster design firm, talked him into applying for a job.
www.salary.com /careers/layouthtmls/crel_display_Cat10_Ser186_Par285.html   (938 words)

 Amazon.com: Roller Coaster: Books: Marla Frazee   (Site not responding. Last check: )
All sorts of people ride roller coasters, people over a certain height that is. Marla Frazee zooms in on one pony-tailed girl who has never experienced a roller coaster before, ever, in this start-to-finish ride.
Whether you've a kid fascinated by roller coasters, deeply afraid of them, or has never even HEARD of such contraptions in all their days, "Roller Coaster" is designed to delight and amuse.
The story describes the 'roller coaster experience' perfectly and the illustrations are excellent with many fun details to talk about with your child.
www.amazon.com /Roller-Coaster-Marla-Frazee/dp/0152045546   (1772 words)

 Roller Coasters, All the Rides, Cedar Point
With a lineup that includes three of the top 10 steel roller coasters in the world, Cedar Point is a coaster lover's dream come true.
This rustic-themed roller coaster hurls passengers toward a lagoon and twists them through sharp spiral turns.
Looming in the shadows of Cedar Point's twin-tracked racing roller coaster, Gemini, is its younger sibling, the Jr.
www.cedarpoint.com /public/park/rides/coasters/index.cfm   (638 words)

 Roller Coaster Webquest Teacher's Page
The purpose of this webquest is to provide an activity in which students will take basic physics knowledge and apply that knowledge into the creation and design of an original roller coaster.
The roller coaster designs are not expected to be mathematically accurate.
Students should demonstrate a basic understanding of roller coaster design, such as, the first hill must be the highest hill because it must be able to provide enough energy for the train to complete the entire course of the coaster.
www.mrsmcelwee.com /coaster/wqteachers.html   (426 words)

 Physics: Roller Coaster Design | eThemes | eMINTS
Design your own roller coaster online or follow the hands-on instructions to make one in the classroom.
Learn the history of roller coasters and physics laws that stand behind them.
This lesson plan has students build a roller coaster model to help them understand the concepts of potential and kinetic energy.
www.emints.org /ethemes/resources/S00000430.shtml   (548 words)

 ZOOM . activities . sci . Roller Coaster | PBS Kids
I did it because I want to see how tall and one roller coasterthat eas tall I test it and the number of how tall it was 62 in.
Frist I tock funal foam and made it as a roller coaster and then I had jumps, hills, lops, and spirals.
After I puted 1 Big marble at the beginig of my roller coaster and the marble went a little slower and din't make all the way to the end of the roller coaster.
pbskids.org /zoom/activities/sci/rollercoaster.html   (1288 words)

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