Extreme Physics: Roller Coasters

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What could be more fun on a lazy summer day than heading to the amusement park and spending the day riding the fastest, tallest, and scariest rides you can find? Ever since the first coaster was invented around 1780, people have had a fascination with these adrenaline-inducing machines. What most people don’t realize is that these fast moving thrill rides travel around their tracks using only gravity, friction and speed.

Click through the gallery to learn about the physics behind some of the most popular and extreme roller coasters in existence today.

Jennifer Bentley, ChaCha SciTech and Automotive