1I10.10 - Amusement Park Physics

Code Number:
1I10.10
Demo Title:
Amusement Park Physics
Condition:
Good
Principle:
Physics in the Amusement Park
Area of Study:
Mechanics
Equipment:
Accelerometers and Guides to the Amusement Park.
Procedure:

Take the accelerometers on rides such as the roller coaster and determine minimum and maximum "g"- values.  Heights and inclinations can also be determined.

References:
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  • Diane Riendeau, "Paper Roller Coasters", TPT, Vol. 45, #9, Dec. 2007, p. 572.
  • Stefano Alberghi, Alessandro Foschi, Giovanni Pezzi, and Fabio Ortolani, "Is it More Thrilling to Ride at the Front or the Back of a Roller Coaster?", TPT, Vol. 45, #9, Dec. 2007, p. 536.
  • Niran Charoenkul, David Wheeler, and Chanwit Dejasvanong, "The Wall of Death: Newtons, Nerves, and Nausea", TPT, Vol. 37, #9, Dec. 1999, p. 533.
  • Claudio Guerra-Vela, "π from a Milk Container", TPT, Vol. 37, #4, Apr. 1999, p. 246.
  • Paul Hewitt, "Figuring Physics", TPT, Vol. 35, #6, Sept. 1997, p. 382.
  • Roberta R. Tanner, "Roller-Coaster Design Project", TPT, Vol. 35, #3, Mar. 1997, p. 148.
  • David Simmons and Robert R, Speers, "Magnetic Damping of a Mass - Spring Vertical Accelerometer", TPT, Vol. 35, #1, Jan. 1997, p. 49.
  • Charles Reno and Robert R. Speers, "Accelerometer Measurements in Amusement Park", TPT, Vol. 33, #6, Sept. 1995, p. 382.
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  • Carol Escobar, "Amusement Park Physics", TPT, Vol. 28, #7, Oct. 1990, p. 446.
  • John F. Koser, "A Hand-Held, Milk-Carton Accelerometer", TPT, Vol. 27, #6, Sept. 1989, p. 488.
  • Barbara Wolff, "Amusement Park Physics", TPT, Vol. 26, #9, Oct. 1988, p. 555.
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  • Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay, and the Staff of the Exploratorium, "Drop Zone", Exploratopia, p. 168 - 169.
  • Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay, and the Staff of the Exploratorium, "Riding the Roller Coaster", Exploratopia, p. 166 - 168.
  • Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay, and the Staff of the Exploratorium, "Waiting in Line", Exploratopia, p. 165 - 166.
  • Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay, and the Staff of the Exploratorium, "Bumper Cars", Exploratopia, p. 163 - 165.
  • Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay, and the Staff of the Exploratorium, "Make Your Own Roller Coaster", Exploratopia, p. 156 - 159.
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