Physics of Roller Coasters Video Tutorial

The Physics of Roller Coasters Video Tutorial explains the physics that underlies the thrill of a roller coaster ride. The focus of the discussion and illustrations are on the curved sections of the track such as the clothoid loops and the small hills and dips. Numerous examples, illustrations, and animations assist in the explanations. The video lesson answers the following questions:

  1. How does Physics explain the thrills of a roller coaster ride?
  2. How can Newton’s Laws be used to analyze the roller coaster experience?

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