A topless roller coasterby: Arthur Eisenkraft and Larry D. Kirkpatrick

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Up to now, all of the roller coasters of the world use a continuous track. But that does not restrict our imagination. In this chapter, we imagine that the top portion of the track is removed in a vertical loop, creating the so-called "topless roller coaster." This combines the physics of circular motion in a gravitational field with that of projectile motion.

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Grades
  • High
Publication Date
1/1/2006

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  • on Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:50 PM

This article make me want to go to an amusement park and get on a roller coaster. The idea of having students go to a park and use instruments ro measure gravity, velocity, and such is a great idea. The idea of this article is if it is possible to create a coaster which has a loop but the loop does not have the top part to it. Will the coaster still connect to the other side? That would be frigtening to test, but a great idea to research.

Lauren Bonnet  (Silver Spring, MD)
Lauren Bonnet (Silver Spring, MD)


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