Rollercoaster design - for iPad/Mac/PC

Rollercoaster design - for iPad/Mac/PC

The Open University

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Why is a rollercoaster so exciting and terrifying, yet safe? Modern rollercoasters such as ‘Nemesis’ are engineered very precisely to create an exciting experience for thrill-seekers. This short album visits Alton Towers theme park in England, and explores the part that mathematicians play in rollercoaster design, using mathematical models to calculate the ride's accelerations and forces to obtain the desired experience. This material forms part of The Open University course MST121 Using mathematics.
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Why is a rollercoaster so exciting and terrifying, yet safe? Modern rollercoasters such as ‘Nemesis’ are engineered very precisely to create an exciting experience for thrill-seekers. This short album visits Alton Towers theme park in England, and explores the part that mathematicians play in rollercoaster design, using mathematical models to calculate the ride's accelerations and forces to obtain the desired experience. This material forms part of The Open University course MST121 Using mathematics.
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Rollercoaster design

26 Mar 2010 | 50 secs

Rollercoaster design

26 Mar 2010 | 50 secs

Rollercoaster design

26 Mar 2010 | 50 secs

Rollercoaster design

26 Mar 2010 | 50 secs

The design of Nemesis

26 Jun 2009 | 02 mins 11 secs

The design of Nemesi...

26 Jun 2009 | 02 mins 11 secs

Calculated thrills

26 Jun 2009 | 03 mins 31 secs

Calculated thrills

26 Jun 2009 | 03 mins 31 secs

The design of Nemesis

25 Jun 2009 | 02 mins 11 secs

The design of Nemesi...

25 Jun 2009 | 02 mins 11 secs

Calculated thrills

25 Jun 2009 | 03 mins 31 secs

Calculated thrills

25 Jun 2009 | 03 mins 31 secs