Roller Coasters: The Science Behind the Fun

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As the coaster goes up the lift hill, it is building potential energy that will be turned into kinetic energy on the way back down. Another method of launch is the catapult launch that builds up an abundance of potential energy without using a lift hill to build potential energy. There are many types of catapult launches...
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An example of a catapult launch would be LIM (Linear Induction Motors). The LIM launch system uses dozens of electro magnets to build two magnetic fields. One dozen on the coaster and one dozen on the track. Then a motor pulls the dozen electromagnets on the track that pull the coaster behind it. One more launch system uses dozens of rotating wheels that grip onto the top or bottom of the coaster and push it forward...
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