Barriga, J. (2014). Rollercoaster-Energy Transformation.
Appears to be a student research project
Roller coaster passengers do not realize that “as you’re cruising down the track at 60 miles an hour, the ride has no engine” (Annenberg Learner 2013). However, roller coasters are conceived and designed to be motor less. Rollercoaster designs are based on physical laws that govern them. There are many physical laws, but for this matter we will primarily focus on the Law of conservation of Energy and Energy Transformation. The Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Energy Transformation is the process of changing one form of energy into another. As a result, roller coasters transform potential energy into kinetic energy and vice versa. This research will focus on energy transformation in loops by validating certain equations. The study will look at different size loops by using the derived equations to calculate the speed of the cart at the top of the loop and the required height to obtain that speed. This research will provide valuable information to prove that roller coasters are designed using these physical laws, as well to inform individuals of how rollercoasters function.