Newton's Laws: The Physics Of Roller Coaster

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Have you ever wondered how roller coasters work? Roller coasters, and building roller coasters has a lot of physics that go into it. There are many laws that go into creating roller coasters, and making the experience safe. Some of these laws are Newton 's Laws as well. Therefore, there is much thought and science that goes into making your favorite amusement park ride. People creating roller coasters dates back to the 16-17th century, they would find out creative ways to use materials to build “roller coasters”.“The direct ancestors of roller coast­ers were monumental ice slides -- long, steep wooden­ slides covered in ice, some as high as 70 feet -- that were popular in Russia in the 16th and 17th centuries.(Science.howstuffworks.com).…show more content…
Newton’s Second Law also contributes to the physics of roller coasters. Newton’s Second Law is, “The acceleration of an object as produced by a net force is directly proportional to the magnitude of the net force, in the same direction as the net force, and inversely proportional to the mass of the object.” (Physicsclassroom.com) What this means is that the acceleration produced on a body by a force is proportional to the magnitude of the force and inversely proportional to the mass of the object. Since it is an unbalanced force, it is able to change the roller coaster 's motion and pull it. When the force is exerted on the roller coaster, the cart moves uphill, in the direction of the force. Newton 's Second Law also says that force times mass equals…show more content…
Physics like centripetal gravity, and kinetic energy can be applied to other parts of engineering as well. For example, kinetic energy also takes part in engineering water slides and other amusement park rides. Friction is also always present in mechanical engineering, as the parts of the machines are constantly rubbing together. Engineers must understand forces and energy to create these manufactures items. Another part of physics that is required for roller coasters to work is friction. Friction is the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another. Friction works in the wheels and rails of a roller coaster, as well as the chains. Friction is in all roller coasters caused by air in between the tracks, (and sometimes water,) it takes away from the useful energy also provided by the roller coaster. Overall, roller coasters are an invention using the laws of physics. These laws include Newton’s laws, inertia, gravity, and forces. When put together properly, and engineered correctly it can create a thrilling ride for people to enjoy, but making a roller coaster requires time and dedication to think about the design and physics that go into it. Therefore, this is the physics that go into making and creating the modern day roller
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