The Physics of Roller Coasters

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The anticipation builds. The roller coaster cannot seem reach the peak quickly enough. The train clicks and clacks as it slowly ascends to the summit. Your hands sweat from your tight grasp on to the single lap bar that keeps you in your seat... And on that thought, the adrenaline pumps through your blood. Suddenly your body is flung forward as you plummet down the first drop. Then you are being forced down on the cart’s seat as you arch the bottom of the transition to going up the second hill. Wind whips in your face. The pressure of your lap bar surprises you when you realize your body has left the seat, quickly being pulled back down into place as the earth approaches. The hills get smaller but the experience gets more vivid. Some hills give the feeling that you have left your body behind and you are flying forward, but then your body catches up just in time for the banked turns. The first turn was not so bad but the smaller turn causes you to black out completely. As your vision returns to you, the station is straight ahead and you sigh in relief as you have survived Nitro. What factor allows a roller coaster to give a person such an experience? Physics allows roller coasters to give the human an adrenaline rush. With physics, engineers are able to mathematically calculate each experience a roller coaster has without even having the roller coaster built yet. The equations of the roller coasters allow the engineers to know the forces released on the body, the
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