The Physics of Roller Coasters

The Physics of Roller Coasters



Roller coasters give people the opportunity to experience physics in dramatic ways. In this episode of SciShow, we break down how physics work on roller coasters to give you the ride of your life!

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Ross’Endgoal-ToWorkatDisney
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Ross’Endgoal-ToWorkatDisney

And if I had a pop quiz tomorrow, I'd fail… because YOU ARE TALKING TOO FAST! I can not comprehend. AKA my Highschool grades in science explained…

David Frischknecht
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David Frischknecht

Actually, the magnetic brakes aren't enough to bring the train to a complete stop, so they do include some friction brakes after the magnetic brakes.

Nathan Jackson
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Nathan Jackson

the fact i learned about is when the rollercoaster is going fast that creates gas and energy while the rollercoaster is in motion.

Amy Paterson
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Amy Paterson

Thank you this helped me with my physics assignment!

TheGamer4Life
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TheGamer4Life

Millenium Force Thumbnail. I Rode it. Its fun, and very well explained, but that picture of Millenium Force after the launch explanation, but Millenium Force isn't a launch coaster.

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Tfg Ggjhxgk

Hi my dude

Julian Cumbia
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Julian Cumbia

Funny enough my teachers use these videos in class

OceanborN7
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OceanborN7

I was on the Red Force rollercoaster and I asked myself- How is this even possible? Being 112m above the ground accelerating to 180[km/h] within only 5 seconds, with the massive overload on the railway track. I really liked The Paraborollercoaster… (a.k.a Red Force).

K
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K

I thought you were about to explain how it advances, how the wheels interact with the rail. I meani it's not like the usual train wheel right? Or is it?

Aravind Pendem
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Aravind Pendem

This is the dumbest video I ever seen..

Bernardo Ng
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Bernardo Ng

sinking feeling in your stomach? guys feel that in their balls, just saying.

Terence Burke
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Terence Burke

Excellent video. This guy's a top dog. Expert physics explanations without dumbing it down for John and Jane Q America

theo_ loyd
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theo_ loyd

So roller coaster are not machine operated after the hill drop? Its pure velocity that keeps it running?

함하
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함하

It is good discussion, and in 3 second I subscribe!

Christopher Li
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Christopher Li

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Fleur Landsmeer
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Fleur Landsmeer

Good video, Just please dont talk so fast

Kaishi7
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Kaishi7

I love physics

SwaggyP Rubio72
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SwaggyP Rubio72

he's half wrong about the free fall thing. on earth you have friction pushing upwards since the rollercoaster is being pushed against the air, causing a form of rubbing, generating friction

Ethan Del castillo
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Ethan Del castillo

I think philippines needs roller coaster road for the veryvery traffic

Ananya Sagane
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Ananya Sagane

it should be more explained

Sean Demers
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Sean Demers

Man this video glossed over so much. You just cannot do this topic justice in 3 minutes. It felt so rushed with no real detail

Wyatt Murray
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Wyatt Murray

i was disapointed at the video all i did was look direcly at his shirt/side note sorry about the grammer

AdonisGaming93
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AdonisGaming93

this really was just about kingda ka or top thrill dragster which is what? two or three roller coasters that do this? I wanna know the physics of why they can seemingly loop and loop forever even after it seems like it slowed down too much to do another loop

John Anders
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John Anders

The picture of the skid brakes is a picture on the Thunderbolt in Kennywood in West Mifflin, PA. My home amusement park. So cool

New Jersey Coasters
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New Jersey Coasters

I see Nitro and Kingda Ka.. ooo