Roller Coasters By: Mr. Hunter
Engineers need to consider • Safety of riders • Height Restraints (Ex. Everest Expedition) • Law • Energy of car
Why does the first hill have to be the highest point on a coaster? • Because the _____ energy must be the highest at the top of the first hill. • PE depends on the mass of the car and the height (gravity).
What “drives” a roller coaster? http://www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/index.html
3. Explain the advantage of a wooden coaster. Explain the advantage of a steel coaster.
4. Describe the relationship between the height of the first hill and the speed of a coaster.
5. Why will a hill slightly higher than the first be a good design to provides ‘thrill’ for a rider?