Centripetal Acceleration

By: Yasmeen Khalifa, Daniel Dobbins, and Sergio Saucedo

Description:

This lab consisted of rails with which we connected together to make a roller coaster. We were to see if we could make a roller coaster with a loop at the same level as the beginning of the coaster. When tested, we realized that there was not enough centripetal acceleration to make a coaster with a loop at the same level as the start of the coaster. We learned that to make a successful coaster, we must build a steep, long drop to get enough acceleration for the cart to make it through the loops at the end. This lab tested our knowledge of centripetal acceleration and inertia. You must have enough inertia and acceleration build up in order for the car to make it though the loop.
Centripetal Acceleration
Centripetal Force