Physics Of Amusement Parks Essay

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The Physics of Amusement Park Rides
The amusement parks we known today have an interesting history, that come from European fairs and pleasure gardens. The Worlds Fair was very influential in the creation of amusement parks. The first Worlds Fair in 1851 held in London began the thought process in creating a fun environment for large exhibitions. With that the first amusement park was born 44 years after the first Worlds Fair. This amusement park was the first enclosed park entertainment area in amusement rides, the infamous Coney Island. From then amusement park rides began to be born, with the help of ideas founded upon 169 years earlier by Sir Isaac Newton. Amusement Park rides are divided into three categories; flat rides gravity rides,
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However gravity rides contain other forces at play such as Newton’s second law: bumper cars, and circular motion: merry-go-round. Newton’s second law states “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.” (Forces, 2015). Looking at bumper cars we can see how forces play a role, along with momentum. Where the collisions are elastic, and the force of the collision is felt upon the rider wanting to keep moving in the same direction. These elastic collisions are when the total momentum and kinetic energy are conserved, and there is no loss of momentum or kinetic…show more content…
The vast majority of rollercoaster start with a steep motorized climb in elevation or gain in potential energy. Once at the top, the roller coaster has enough potential energy to make it back to the loading station. The roller coaster uses its stored potential energy and converts it into kinetic energy to carry the car throughout the track. Further examining the wheels on a rollercoaster, the wheels operate under circular motion, and rolling without slipping. Looking at figure (3) we can further examine rolling motion. Translational motion is the movement of an object from one point in space to another. Rotational motion is the motion of a rigid body where every point on the body moves in a circular path. Combining these two motions gives us rolling without slipping. Where the velocity at the top of the circle is twice the velocity of the center. Since the velocities at the bottom of translational and rotational are antiparallel and cancel each other. The velocity at the bottom where contact is made between the circle and ground is

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