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How does building a roller coaster relate to math?


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Answered 2011-11-08 22:20:47

There are a few math concepts involved with roller coaster design. Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus are all used. Calculations of kinetic and potential energies must be done. Velocities and accelerations must be computed. Lateral and vertical forces must be figured. Newton's three laws of motion are evident when observing a roller coaster. All three laws can be represented mathematically to some extent. The formula for his second law is known by anyone who has taken high-school physics: F = ma, where F is force, m is mass, and a is acceleration.

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