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Name: Jane A.
Status: student
Age: 16
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Date: 2001-2002


Question:
How do the roller coasters hold in people in the loops, using mathematics equations and explanations?


Replies:
The centripetal force supplies the necessary forces to hold a person in. The harness restraints act as a backup.

A highly simplified equation is:

F(net) = ma = F(support) + F(gravitational),

but this is different for each position of the roller coaster. Since the coaster is an extended object and not a point, the math exceeds that which is taught in high schools.

---Nathan A. Unterman



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