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: Amusement Parks
Amusement Park Physics
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] - This interactive exhibit explores how the laws of physics play a role in the design of amusement park rides. Activities in the exhibit invite visitors to design a roller coaster and determine the outcomes of bumper car collisions.
Fearofphysics.com: How to make a Roller Coaster Work
[ Kids/Teens ] - Choose from three tracks to see which one would make the best roller coasters, and then watch an animation of your choice.
Funderstanding Roller Coaster
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] - Java applet designed to teach about the physics of roller coaster design. Users alter several variables to achieve maximum excitement and safety. Includes brief tutorials on physics concepts.
How Roller Coasters Work
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] - Pictures and descriptions of how roller coasters work and the related principles of physics.
MyPhysicsLab: Roller Coaster
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] - Use a Java applet to see how a roller coaster would behave on a variety of shaped tracks.
Physics of Roller Coasters
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] - Learn about the history of roller coasters, g-forces, and banking.
Roller Coaster DataBase
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] - Searchable database with information and statistics on over 1400 roller coasters throughout the world. Includes news, record holders, and user comments.
Roller Coaster Physics
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] - A short introduction to the physics of roller coasters. Includes conservation of energy, friction, and centripetal acceleration.
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] - Contains historical photographs, biographies, and an animated film which features an interactive virtual tour that explains the physics of motion.
Wikipedia: Roller Coaster
[ Teens/Mature Teens ] - Encyclopedia article contains a description of what it means to be a roller coaster and a short section on coaster mechanics.
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