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Roller Coasters Lab Report

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The purpose of this experiment is to research the physics related to roller coasters and inversions. And the main question that I intend on answering is “how easily does energy dissipate?” I plan to find whether or not a single marble, after dropping from a small height, can complete a single vertical loop constructed from foam tubing. To elaborate, I will be building a shuttle-style coaster with foam tubing as track with tape as supports. This will be connected to a tall tower with several terraces that I will drop marbles from. This will be followed by a vertical loop, and then a switchback tower that will lead to the marble traveling backwards and eventually losing its energy. For data, I intend on measuring three things. First, the height…show more content…
The inversion stands at 171 ft, beating the previous record holder by 11 feet. The actual height of the coaster is 200 ft, while the drop length is around 190 feet. This gives a 19 foot difference between the drop length and the loop height. This means the loop is 90% the height of the drop, so 10% was lost in between. The coaster does travel for nearly four thousand more feet after this, but this can’t have any type of correlation to the foam tube coaster. The percentage also is likely realistic by the heaviness of the roller coaster cars, compared to the extremely light weight of a marble. To find if this ratio is common place, I will research another looping coaster. Superman: Krypton Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas contains the largest loop in North America of any non-launched coaster. Launched coasters are practically incomparable to any model that I build due to the fact that they do not contain a traditional drop or hill, so the properties of energy are entirely different. Superman contains a loop measuring 145 ft tall, which is 16 feet shorter than Flash, but still massive
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