Roller Coaster of the Ages
What Makes the Ride Unique
Type of Motion the Ride Exhibits
Types of Forces
Friction- Friction is experienced when the ride move along the track and it rubs against the track itself which is called friction.
Applied Force- The applied force is experienced when the breaks are "APPLIED" to the ride to make it stop or slow down.
Newton's Laws of Motion
Second Law- Newton's Second Law of Motion is applied to the roller coaster when the chain pulls the roller coaster up the hill. The unbalanced force is the chain and the car or cart is going in the same direction as the chain because Newton's Second Law states when an unbalanced force is exerted on a object, the object will acceleration in the direction of the force. It also states force times mass equals acceleration.
Third Law- Newton's Third Law of Motion is applied to the ride when the rider sits in the seat of the car or cart. When the rider sits on the seat the seat response with a equal and opposite reaction.