Jump to content

kelsey's Blog

Sign in to follow this  
  • entries
    5
  • comments
    2
  • views
    1,632

Roller Coasters

kelsey

339 views

blog-0377529001416758703.gifOver the summer I worked at Seabreeze Amusement Park and I was a ride operator. My job is to operate rides, keep children safe, and provide fun. As a ride operator I am curious to know how physics can apply to roller coasters. According to a website I researched, physics applies to roller coasters in a variety of ways. For example, neglecting friction and air resistance a roller coaster will experience two types of forces, the force of gravity and the normal force. The normal force is directed in a direction perpendicular to the track and the gravitational force is always directed downwards. In addition, a roller coaster with loops applies to physics. For example, at the bottom of the loop the track pushes upwards upon the car with the normal force. And since the top of the loop is directed downwards and the track is above the car, it pushes downward upon the car. Lastly another section of a roller coaster is dips. Dips and hills applies to physics because they combine the physics of circular motion with the physics of projectiles in order to create a big acceleration.


0 Comments


Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Guest
Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Terms of Use

The pages of APlusPhysics.com, Physics in Action podcasts, and other online media at this site are made available as a service to physics students, instructors, and others. Their use is encouraged and is free of charge. Teachers who wish to use materials either in a classroom demonstration format or as part of an interactive activity/lesson are granted permission (and encouraged) to do so. Linking to information on this site is allowed and encouraged, but content from APlusPhysics may not be made available elsewhere on the Internet without the author's written permission.

Copyright Notice

APlusPhysics.com, Silly Beagle Productions and Physics In Action materials are copyright protected and the author restricts their use to online usage through a live internet connection. Any downloading of files to other storage devices (hard drives, web servers, school servers, CDs, etc.) with the exception of Physics In Action podcast episodes is prohibited. The use of images, text and animations in other projects (including non-profit endeavors) is also prohibited. Requests for permission to use such material on other projects may be submitted in writing to info@aplusphysics.com. Licensing of the content of APlusPhysics.com for other uses may be considered in the future.

×
×
  • Create New...