Amusement Park Physics: What are the forces behind the fun?
With steel coasters, the ride is very smooth whereas wooden coasters were somewhat rickety and a bit unstable. Early coasters were very slow, so coasters were engineered for the illusion of speed through low hanging ceilings and deliberately swaying tracks.
The oldest operating roller coaster is Leap-The-Dips at Lakemont Park in Pennsylvania, a side friction roller coaster built in Energies and Forces B.
Built inthis roller coaster track is 8, feet long; well over one mile long.
Ride designers must carefully ensure the accelerations experienced throughout the ride do not subject the human body to more than it can handle. We measure forces by comparing them to the force of gravity, or g.
November The roller coasters mentioned here are significant for their role in the amusement industry.