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Name:  Ross
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Age:  13
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Date: 2000-2001

What is the amount force or inertia that is exerted on a person while riding a roller coaster through loops, twists , and turns?


Inertia is not exerted. It is not a force.

The amount of force exerted on a person depends on their mass and the acceleration of the particular portion of a ride. Once you know that, apply Newton's Second Law, F=ma

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