Posted: August 12th, 2013
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Question 1a
The first roller coaster built in the United States was designed by John G. Taylor in 1873. He was issued a patent in 1872 for an improvement of elevated railways, as they were known at the time. It was built in Savin Rock in West Haven, Connecticut.
In 1884, LaMarcus Thompson obtained a patent to build his switchback railway in Coney Island, New York.
The following year, 1885, saw Charles Alcoke obtain a patent to construct a serpentine railway in Coney Island.
Question 1b
The coasters made during this era were constructed entirely of wood. The switchbacks consisted of a car with wheels to aid in the switching when the ride reached on end of the rail.
Question 1c
Steel is the modern choice for roller coasters because of its malleability compared to wood. The use of steel ensured that these coasters have intricate turns, loops and bends to give a more thrilling experience to the rider.
Question 2 (Goldish, 2539)
Name of Theme Park 
Location in U.S. 
Name of Roller Coaster 
Height 
Length 
Speed (rate) 
Duration of ride (time) 
Average acceleration 
Six Flags New England  Agawam, Massachusetts  Bizarro  208 feet  5, 400 feet  77 miles per hour  47.82 seconds  1.44 meters/ squared seconds 
Six Flags Great Adventure  Jackson, New Jersey  Kingda Ka  456 feet  3 118 feet  128 miles per hour  16.61 seconds  7.28 meters/ squared seconds 
Six Flags Fiesta Texas  San Antonio, Texas  Superman: Krypton Coaster  168 feet  4, 025 feet  70 miles per hour  39.20 seconds  1.6 meters/ squared seconds 
Cedar Point  Sandusky, Ohio  Top Thrill Dragster  429 feet  2, 800 feet  120 miles per hour  15.91 seconds  6.74 meters/ squared seconds 
Kings Dominion  Doswell, Virginia  Volcano, The Blast Coaster  155 feet  2, 757 feet  70 miles per hour  26.85 seconds  2.33 meters/ squared seconds 
Question 3
Time = distance/speed (Larson et al., 156165)
a) Speed in feet/second = (77 miles/1 hour)(5280 feet/1 mile)(I hour/3600 seconds)
= 122.933 feet/second
Time = 5400 feet/ (122.93 feet/second)
= 47.82 seconds
b) Speed in feet/second = (128 miles/1 hour)(5280 feett/1 mile)(1 hour/3600 seconds)
= 187.73 feet/second
= 3118 feet/ (187.73 feet/second)
Time = 16.61 seconds
c) Speed in feet/second = (70 miles/1 hour)(5280 feett/1 mile)(1 hour/3600 seconds)
= 102.67 feet/second
Time = 4025 feet/ (102.67 feet/second)
= 39.20 seconds
d) Speed in feet/second = (120 miles/1 hour)(5280 feett/1 mile)(1 hour/3600 seconds)
= 176 feet/second
Time = 2800 feet/ (176 feet/second)
= 15.91 seconds
e) Speed in feet/second = (70 miles/1 hour)(5280 feett/1 mile)(1 hour/3600 seconds)
= 102.67 feet/second
Time = 2757 feet / (102.67 feet/second)
= 26.85 seconds
Question 4
Acceleration = 2s/ t squared (Larson et al., 156165)
Where: s = distance in meters
t = time in seconds
a) Distance in meters = 5400 feet (1 meter/3.281 feet)
= 1645.84 meters
Acceleration = (2*1645.84)/ (47.82*47.82)
= 1.44 meters/ squared seconds
b) Distance in meters =3118 feet (1 meter/3.281 feet)
= 950.32 meters
Acceleration = (2*950.32)/ (16.61*16.61)
= 7.28 meters/ squared seconds
c) Distance in meters =4025 feet (1 meter/3.281 feet)
= 1226.76 meters
Acceleration = (2*1226.76)/ (39.20*39.20)
= 1.6 meters/ squared seconds
d) Distance in meters =2800 feet (1 meter/3.281 feet)
= 853.4 meters
Acceleration = (2*853.4)/ (15.91*15.91)
= 6.74 meters/ squared seconds
e) Distance in meters =2757 feet (1 meter/3.281 feet)
= 840.29 meters
Acceleration = (2*840.29)/ (26.85*26.85)
= 2.33 meters/ squared seconds
Question 5
Height of the 1st Hill 
Shape of the First Hill 
The Exit Path 
Height of the 2nd Hill 
The Loop 
Results 

Trial 1 
40 meters (131 feet ) 
Angled slope 
Medium slope 
50 meters ( 164 feet ) 
No loop 

Trial 2 
60 meters (197 feet) 
Obtuse slope 
Angled slope 
30 meters ( 98 feet ) 
Perfect circle 

Trial 3 
80 feet ( 262 feet ) 
Slope 
Low slope 
70 meters ( 230 feet ) 
elliptical 

Explanation
The first trial was not fun nor was it safe. The first hill was too low to build momentum. The angled hill was dangerous as the return is a flat horizontal that is not safe. Possibility of a crash is increased with the shape of this coaster course. The ending of the ride is boring with no loop.
The second trial was more dangerous because of the choice of an obtuse first hill, which would set the coaster airborne then have a crash landing. The circular loop is hazardous as a successful completion of such a loop is yet to occur.
The third trial was successful. The shape of the initial and second hill ensured that the ride acquired more velocity. The elliptical loop is the safest kind of loop. The ride was both fun and safe as the choices led to an increased velocity for maximum fun.
Conclusion
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