Roller Coaster Animation
The roller coaster animation depicts the motion of a roller coaster car down a vertical drop, through two vertical loops, over a small hill, and to the end of the track. The animation portrays the relative amounts of kinetic energy, potential energy, and total mechanical energy of the car as it moves along the track. The amount of each form of energy is represented by an energy bar chart. Mechanical energy losses due to air resistance and frictional heating are ignored. Thus, the total mechanical energy of the car is conserved.