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Michael R. Gallis
The Merry Mixer Ride Model shows the motion of two superimposed circular motions. The main frame of the ride rotates in one direction, while a second rotation at the ends of the frame arms carries the riders in an additional circular motion, ususally in the opposite direction.
In this simulation, the operator controls the two rotation rates as well as the radii of the two orbits. The systems response to changes in controls is lagged to prevent unphysical accelerations of riders. Remember to let the simulation run for several seconds after adjusting controls for the changes to settle in.
The Merry Mixer Ride Model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the jar file will run the program if Java is installed.
Last Modified June 10, 2014
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The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Merry Mixer Ride Model. Unzip this archive in your Ejs workspace to compile and run this model using Ejs.
Last Modified January 15, 2012