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Kingda Ka

Physics behind Kingda Ka
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Michael Squirtle

on 1 April 2011

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Kingda Ka By: Juan Duarte, Michael Goodwin Kingda Ka is a roller coaster located in Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey Kingda Ka was officially introduced on September 29, 2004 The train is launched by a hydraulic launch mechanism. It is an intense coaster that contains hills, and corkscrews, going up and down the hill. It was at one time the highest, and fastest coaster in the world The highest hill reaches a height of 456 ft or 139 m The top speed of the coaster is 128 mph. It can accelerate to this speed in 3.5 seconds Kingda Ka is themed as a mythical tiger, and is named after the 500 lb (230 kg) Golden Tabby Bengal tiger that lives in a pen next to the ride. The ride's sign and station all have mythical Indian-style theming. The ride's line is surrounded by bamboo, which adds on to the jungle theme Physics Behind Kingda Ka
The ride is a prime example of Kinetic and Potential Energy. KE PE Potential energy is the energy that is stored at the top of the coaster. It is the energy that contains the potential for movement.

Kinetic Energy is the energy of motion it is present when the train goes down the hill. Top Speed: Potential Energy calculation:
Mass = 100 kg
Gravity = -9.8 m/s^2 PE=mgh
Height = 139 m PE=(100)(9.8)(139)
PE=136220 J
Kinetic Energy at bottom of drop:
Mass = 100 kg
Velocity= 57.22 m/s KE=1/2mv^2
KE=1/2(100)(57.22)^2
KE=16370642 J Speed at bottom of hill:
Total Height: 139m
Bottom of hill: 5m
139 - 5=134 m

KE=
m v
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