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Individuals love to go to the amusement parks and try out the rides that are available The most common and thrilling ride is the roller coaster An amusement park is not an amusement park if it does not contain a roller coaster What makes these roller coasters so fun that every amuse parks has one A lot of people would say it is their extreme high speeds that makes it very exciting That is a valid answer but it is the wrong answer The speed has nothing to do with the excitement It is more than likely that most people travel faster on their ride along the highway on the way to the amusement park than they would in a roller coaster Basically the thrill all comes from the acceleration and the feeling of weightlessness that they produce Roller coasters thrill people because of their ability to accelerate them downward one moment and upwards the next leftwards one moment and rightwards the next How does this thrill machine work There are two ways that this question will be answered First through the basic principles and then through a more advanced explanation Roller coaster rides involve a great deal of physics The ride often begins with a chain and motor which exerts a force on the train of cars to lift the train to the top of a tall hill Once the cars are lifted to the top of the hill gravity takes over and the rest of the ride works on energy transformation There is no motor or engine that takes a train around the track The law of physics is basically the engine of the train At the top of the hill the cars possess a large amount of potential energy because they are elevated very high above the ground The potential energy depends on the mass and the height of the object As the cars are released they lose a lot of their
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