written by Tom Henderson
This resource provides explanations and animations that explore the physics of roller coasters. It is designed as a tutorial for either a teacher or learner to be used in conjunction with a unit on amusement park physics. The author uses free-body diagrams and detailed discussion to show how the force of gravity and the normal force act upon the roller coaster as it moves on a straight, curved, or looped track. A short self-test gauges user comprehension as well. This material is part of the larger Physics Classroom collection.
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Physics Classroom: Roller Coasters and Amusement Park Physics:
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