Six Flags Great Adventure Essay

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In this project, we got to design a safe yet exhilarating roller coaster for Six Flags Great Adventure. Our initial sketch was to place the foam tube through the pendulum making a steep drop. Then we would have a loop made out of a pool noodle. Continuing, we would connect a foam tube to the end of the pool noodle making this part of the ride smooth like a slide through the chair. Again, we would attach the pool noodle to the chair and connect it with the foam tube. Lastly, we would have let the pool noodle go through the bottom of the chair and attach a cup to the end noodle and let the marble fall in. Unfortunately, our thoughts did not work out the way we planned. This did not work because the marble did not have enough kinetic or potential…show more content…
Energy relates to a roller coaster because there is always a change from potential to kinetic energy. At some point most objects and humans will have potential energy. Potential energy is what forms into kinetic which is movement. All moving objects possess kinetic energy because kinetic energy is defined as an object in motion. Speed relates to a roller coaster because gravity is pulling the cart down hill making its speed increase to go faster. Velocity relates to this design challenge because a ride can move at a constant speed but its velocity is constantly changing when its direction of motion changes. Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. This relates to this design challenge because when a roller coaster starts as a drop it wants to continue moving in the same direction. It does not however because the tracks act as a force and change the coaster's direction. Newton’s Second Law of Motion states that 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. This relates to the roller coaster that we made in class because it is an unbalanced force. It is able to change the roller coaster's motion and pull it uphill. When

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