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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEngineering · 9 years ago

how does pendulum motion relate to roller coasters?

PLEASE ANSWER ASAP NEED THIS FOR PROJECT!!! 10 points for best one! Please describe how a roller coaster is related to pendulum motion :)

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    9 years ago
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    At the top of the hill a roller coasters position is similar to the pendulum being at the upper most position in its swing. As the roller coaster starts down the hill equates to the pendulum starting to fall to a lower position, both increase in speed until they get to the bottom of the hill or the bottom of the pendulum swing. At the bottom of the hill the roller coaster starts to decelerate as it goes up the next hill. The pendulum also starts to decelerate until it stops and reverses direction at the end of its swing.

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