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Swing Ride Model
written by Michael R. Gallis
The Swing Ride Model simulates a type of ride that can be found at many carnivals and amusement parks. Riders sit in chairs suspended from the ends of support cables. These supports rotate about an axis that can be tilted with respect to the vertical. Students use sliders to control the rotation rate, tilt, height of the supports from ground level, radius of circular motion, and length of the support cables. The controls are lagged to prevent unrealistic changes to the physical system.

Editor's Note: This model can be used to explore several concepts, including centripetal acceleration, equilibrium, spring energy, and central forces. How can the parameters be set to prevent serious injury to passengers? At what point could the circular motion become chaotic? Why do ride designs often call for hydraulic dampers to reduce the movement of the swings?   

The Swing 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.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
1 source code document is available
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Acceleration
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- Rotational Dynamics
General Physics
- Computational Physics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Model
= Simulation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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application/java
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License:
This material is released under a GNU General Public License Version 3 license.
Rights Holder:
Michael Gallis
Keywords:
amusement park, centripetal acceleration, spring tension
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created January 15, 2012 by Wolfgang Christian
Record Updated:
June 12, 2014 by Andreu Glasmann
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January 9, 2012
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M. Gallis, Computer Program SWING RIDE MODEL (2012), WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11639&DocID=2525).
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M. Gallis, Computer Program SWING RIDE MODEL (2012), <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11639&DocID=2525>.
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Gallis, M. (2012). Swing Ride Model [Computer software]. Retrieved September 20, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11639&DocID=2525
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Gallis, Michael. "Swing Ride Model." https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11639&DocID=2525 (accessed 20 September 2020).
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Gallis, Michael. Swing Ride Model. Computer software. 2012. Java (JRE) 1.5. 20 Sep. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11639&DocID=2525>.
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