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Roller Coaster

A presentation about the invention of the roller coaster

Edward Anders

on 7 September 2012

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Transcript of Roller Coaster

Roller Coasters The roller coaster was first
patented and invented on January 20, 1885 and the original inventor was Phillip Hinkle. The purpose of roller coasters is to provide entertainment and thrills on a ride that is powered by electricity OR kinetic energy. There are family roller coasters, thrill coasters, and kiddy coasters. They have been steadily improved over the years, from basic wooden to today's modern marvels. Purpose In the past, they were used as the single biggest attraction at the theme parks of the time, such as Coney Island's Gravity Pleasure Road. Today, they are used as a large amount of the attractions, such as at Kings Island with 13, Cedar Point with 15, Six Flags America with 8. Uses in the Past and in the Present In the beginning, roller coasters were cheaply made, poorly designed, and very unsafe. There were many deaths, and the rides were constantly breaking down. the rides use to have two tracks, a starting track amd a return track. Passengers left the start track and then boarded the return track. Over time they developed into tracks like the ones you see today. They started to be manufactured with better and more durable materials, such as steel and carbon fiber. These days, wooden roller coaster are largely irrelevant, due to the fact that you can do less than with wood than you can with other materials. Also now, many safety precautions have been put in, such as safety nets at the bottom, and more protective seat belts. Innovations Over the Course of Time Roller coasters fit best into the category of Energy and Power. Type of Technology Roller coasters have had a very big impact on society. They have allowed people who are "thrill-seekers" to chase those thrills without endangering themselves to much. They have also allowed for people everywhere to enjoy themselves safely while also having a ride that's borderline dangerous. Positive Impact on Society Roller coasters have also had a negative impact on society. They cause fear and anxiety for people who don't like roller coasters. Multiple people have died on roller coasters over the last 30 years or so, resulting in a massive fear of roller coasters. Negative Impact on Society
Life is like a roller coaster, it has it's ups and downs. It's your choice to just scream and enjoy the ride.
-John Miller Inventors Quote Example

Roller Coaster


Scientist would use the Kinetic Energy to figure out how big the hills would have to be in order for the coaster to finish the track.


To start the coaster you only have to push a button and the coaster finishes the track on its own.


Engineers would figure out the design of the roller coaster, and they would also build it.


Mathematics would come into play to determine the width of the track and of the cars so that 2 people can fit in a car. Information

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