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Rollercoaster design: Track 1

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.

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

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Track 1: Rollercoaster design

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Rollercoaster design    A short introduction to this album. Play now Rollercoaster design
2 The design of Nemesis    How a modern rollercoaster is designed for maximum thrills. Play now The design of Nemesis
3 Calculated thrills    How the complex forces in a rollercoaster design are calculated with precision by its designers, using a mathematical model. Play now Calculated thrills