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written by Surendranath Reddy
This applet illustrates both conservation of energy and circular motion. A roller coaster car starts on top of a hill, falls through a valley and travels over second hill, then goes through a loop. The depth of the valley, height of barrier, and size of the loop can be varied and the effect on the motion of the body can be viewed. If the velocity is too small or too large the car leaves the tracks. A motion diagram for the car is also available. This is part of a large collection of physics and math applets by the author.
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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Motion in Two Dimensions
- Rotational Dynamics
- Work and Energy
- High School
- Instructional Material
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centripetal force, motion diagram, potential energy, roller coaster, rotational motion, work and energy
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Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Circular Motion

This very simple simulation explores both conservation of energy and circular motion. A roller coaster travels over a large and small hill, then goes through a loop. Students can have fun controlling speed, height of the hills, and size of the loop, then viewing the effect on the moving car. No mathematics is introduced.

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S. Reddy, (2004), WWW Document, (http://surendranath.tripod.com/Applets/Dynamics/Coaster/Coaster.html).
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S. Reddy, Conservation of Energy, (2004), <http://surendranath.tripod.com/Applets/Dynamics/Coaster/Coaster.html>.
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Reddy, S. (2004, March 11). Conservation of Energy. Retrieved August 19, 2017, from http://surendranath.tripod.com/Applets/Dynamics/Coaster/Coaster.html
Chicago Format
Reddy, Surendranath. Conservation of Energy. March 11, 2004. http://surendranath.tripod.com/Applets/Dynamics/Coaster/Coaster.html (accessed 19 August 2017).
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Reddy, Surendranath. Conservation of Energy. 2004. 11 Mar. 2004. 19 Aug. 2017 <http://surendranath.tripod.com/Applets/Dynamics/Coaster/Coaster.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Surendranath Reddy", Title = {Conservation of Energy}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {19 August 2017}, Month = {March 11, 2004}, Year = {2004} }
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