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The Science of Roller Coasters A heavy padded bar falls across your lap locking you into the tiny seat There is no escape Youre propelled forward--transfixed by the seemingly endless track rising before you Your stomach clenches Clacking noises reverberate around you The ascent goes on and on--teasing you testing you And then almost without warning youre plummeting to Earth at such a dizzying speed you feel airborne Your body is whipped to the left and then to the right Youre upside down Youre upright Are you coming or going A scream rips from the depths of your soul You are on a roller coaster and having the time of your life Roller Coasters are amazing machines that give humans and awesome sensation Some of you might ask What is the history behind Roller Coasters Or you might ask What is the science behind Roller Coasters In this essay I will explain the history and science behind these amazing machines that seem to give you the sensation of your life Roller Coasters have been around ever since the Russians started sliding down ice slides made out of wooden ramps in 15th century These Ice slides reached up to 70 feet in height with a 50-degree angle In the late 1700s the first wheeled coaster consisting of gentle slopes appears in St Petersburg In 1884 the first roller coaster is built in Coney Island New York This roller Coaster was built by LaMarcus Thompson and was called the Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway This ride reached a top speed of 6 miles per hour and the train cars had to be manually towed to the top of the hills at the begging of both tracks LaMarcus went on to build 24 more roller coasters In 1885 the mechanical hoist was developed and there was no longer the need for the carts to be towed manually In 1907 the first high speed roller coaster was built in
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