Team Number: 36
School Name: Las Cruces High School
Area of Science: Physics
Project Title: Roller Coaster Physics
Purpose: This Project is designed to benefit many people. It
is important to the passengers of
roller coasters, because they need to feel and be safe. Also,
the roller coaster needs to have
speed so people will ride it and the owners of the coaster will
make money. We also hope to learn
about the physics of roller coasters and how they work.
Plan of Action: The way we plan to go about doing this is to research physics and formulas related to roller coasters. We plan to design safe drops that will give riders the feeling of weightlessness. One way to do this is to shape the drop like the path of a ball thrown off the top of a hill. The shape at the bottom of the drop must be designed to "catch" the riders. This will change vertical motion to horizontal motion. We also plan to use C++ to design a program that will simulate falls and rises of a roller coaster and the outcome of the ride.
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