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Roller Coaster Physics

  1. Feb 23, 2010 #1
    I am doing an analysis on an actual roller coaster and have Altitude graphs as well as Y and Z acceleration graphs. I am just having trouble with a few things:

    1.
    With the altitude graph (height vs. time), there is a bit with an incline. Is it possible to find the velocity (it is uniform velocity) that the train is traveling at?
    I did a linear fit on the incline to find velocity and I just realized later that it only accounts for the Y component of the velocity.

    2.
    Is it also possible to find the angle of inclination using an altitude graph? If so, could someone give me a few hints because my method of finding the height difference, the distance across using d = vs after the velocity is found and then using Pythagoras and Trigonometry to find it out seems flawed.
     
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