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PP Roller Coaster Energy

# PP Roller Coaster Energy

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Energy changes during a roller coaster ride
Energy changes during a roller coaster ride

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03/18/2014

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# Roller Coaster Energy

EE = Electrical energy

PE = Gravitational Potential Energy

KE = Kinetic Energy

HE = Heat Energy (Thermal energy)

Electric motor does work to move & lift car
EE from motor = KE + PE gained by the car

EE

PE

KE

Car has Potential Energy

No friction

P E = K E No heat lost Car goes on for ever

PE

KE

Brakes transfer kinetic energy to heat PE = KE = HE Brakes turn KE to HE

Brakes

PE

KE

HE

Height provides potential energy for the ride PE = KE = PE + KE = KE = HE (friction)

Brakes

PE

KE

Second hill higher than the start PE = KE = PE Not enough to go over top

PE

KE

Enough energy to loop the loop Must be enough speed at top of loop

Brakes

PE

KE

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