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Physics in Roller Coasters


claremannion

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We can see physics in almost every roller coaster, but the ones that get really interesting are the ones that go upside down because those involve centripetal forces, a key term for physics studies. The period of the roller coaster is the amount of time it takes to complete one "loopty-loop", or one full revolution and can be modeled by T=t/revs. You could also figure out the number of full revolutions the roller coaster could make in one second using the formula f=1/t, which looks very similar to the last equation. Also, while the car is going around the track, a person could determine the roller coasters circular speed, or velocity using the equation v=2pir/T, and its centripetal acceleration, ac=v^2/r. So, the next time you go to Seabreeze, think about all the science you know that goes behind the scenes in making your favorite roller coasters.

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