The main energy transfers that happens as a “car” travels along the track from the start of the ride to the end.

1. The main energy transfers are between gravitational potential energy (GPE) and kinetic energy (KE), and the eventual decrease of mechanical energy as it transforms into thermal energy. Roller coasters often start as a chain and motor exercises a force on the car to lift it up to the top of a very tall hill. At this height, GPE is at its highest, as we can see through the formula: GPE = mass x gravitational field strength x height (for all physics in relation to Earth, take g to be 10 m/s2 or 10 N/kg) We can see through this formula that as the height increases, so does the GPE, which will then be converted into KE, or kinetic energy. This is the energy that takes place as the “car” is falling down the hill. This is calculated through the formula: KE = 0.5 x mass x speed

This means that the kinetic energy increases as the speed increases, and vice versa. Therefore, this means the higher the kinetic energy, the faster the “car”. We can actually be extremely specific in terms of this relationship. We know that as the mass doubles, the KE doubles, but as the speed doubles, the KE quadruples. This becomes important when analysing this formula: KE = GPE/0.5mv2 = mgh

2. A roller coaster ride is a thrilling experience which involves a wealth of physics. Part of the physics of a roller coaster is the physics of work and energy. The ride often begins as a chain and motor (or other mechanical device) exerts a force on the train of cars to lift the train to the top of a vary tall hill. Once the cars are lifted to the top of the hill, gravity takes over and the remainder of the ride is an experience in energy transformation. At the top of the hill, the cars possess a large quantity of potential energy. Potential energy - the energy of vertical position - is dependent upon the mass of the object and the height of the object. The car's...

...drop they lose much of this potential energy in accord with their loss of height. The cars subsequently gain kinetic energy. Kinetic energy - the energy of motion - is dependent upon the mass of the object and the speed of the object. The train of coaster cars speeds up as they lose height. Thus, their original potential energy (due to their large height) is transformed into kinetic energy (revealed by their high speeds). As the ride continues, the train of cars are continuously...

... Physics behind rollercoasters
Energy can be converted from one from to another. When the car is still, the energy which is acting on it is GPE (gravitational potential energy). The car starts to accelerate towards the peak. The energy is converted from GPE to Kinetic energy. The car is at the peak. The energy transfers from Kinetic energy to GPE. The car starts to go down. The energy transfers again...

...measurements, calculating the sizes, weighing, measuring the safety, looking at statistics, and calculating the force, speed, and motion. Trigonometry, algebra, geometry and calculus all take a huge role helping out in forming these models.
Rollercoasters first originated in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Russians. They would create sleds made of ice or wood and slide down slopes. The French were amused with this pass time that they actually took the idea...

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GROUP MEMBERS: CAROLENA SEEREERAM
DINESH TEELUCKSINGH
DEVIANN SINGH
VINCENT BAHADUR
KERLON MOORE
ABSTRACT
A rollercoaster is an amusement park ride where passengers sit in a series of wheeled cars that are linked together. The cars move along a pair of rails supported by a wood or steel structure. In operation, the cars are...

...Running head: ROLLERCOASTERSRollerCoasters:
History, Physics, and records
Abstract
This paper explains the early history of rollercoasters from their rough beginnings in Russia through the migration to the United States. It goes on to emphasize the important physics that go along with how rollercoasters operate and the forces that work with and against it. In the end it...

...Physics of rollercoasters
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Simply speaking, a rollercoaster is a machine that uses gravity and inertia to send a train of cars along a winding track.[1] This combination of gravity and inertia, along with G-forces and centripetal acceleration give the body certain sensations as the coaster moves up, down, and around the track. The forces experienced by the rider are constantly changing, leading to feelings of joy...

...The rollercoaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. Most rollercoasters consist of some basic parts: a chain lift, a catapult launch-lift (in newer coasters), and some type of brake mechanism. The first rollercoaster originated in the early 80’s in Russia, it was built under the orders of a Russian empress named Catherine the Great in the Garden...

...riding a rollercoaster, have you ever wondered what keeps you in your seat when you go through a loop, corkscrew or helix? Or are you too excited to even notice? There are literally only two types of rollercoasters. One type is a steel rollercoaster. Another type is a wooden rollercoaster. Even though they are made of different materials their needs to operate are the same....