Roller Coasters and Forces
Name: Alexandra D.
I am doing a project on roller coasters and forces. Can
you explain in fuller detail what forces act upon roller coasters?
The forces acting on a roller coaster includes:
Support forces of the track
Friction (air resistance, track resistance, roller bearings, etc.)
Brakes (really just controlled friction).
In some cases, they are propelled by electromagnets, so you will need that
---Nathan A. Unterman
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