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Engineering Physics Creates Rollercoasters

Engineering Physics students completed their roller coaster projects today. The project specs are that a marble must travel from the beginning to the end, and have at least one loop in it.  Students will calculate the g-forces, based on velocity and circumference of the circle.



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Aesthetic presentation is a significant part of the project’s grade. Here are some of the high points.


<img src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/octaposeidon2.jpg" alt="octaposeidon2" width="700" height="394" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9315 lazyload" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/octaposeidon2.jpg 700w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/octaposeidon2-300x169.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px" />


<img src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/horus.jpg" alt="horus" width="700" height="822" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-9320 lazyload" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/horus.jpg 700w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/horus-255x300.jpg 255w" sizes="(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px" />


<img src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/fast_furious.jpg" alt="fast_furious" width="700" height="467" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9316 lazyload" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/fast_furious.jpg 700w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/fast_furious-300x200.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px" />


<img src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/quantum-leap-1.jpg" alt="quantum-leap" width="700" height="940" class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9317 lazyload" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/quantum-leap-1.jpg 700w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/quantum-leap-1-223x300.jpg 223w" sizes="(max-width: 700px) 100vw, 700px" />

Below: UFO themed roller coaster.


<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9246 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller4-1024x576.jpg" alt="roller4" width="1024" height="576" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller4-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller4-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller4-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller4.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" />


<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9239 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller11-1024x614.jpg" alt="roller11" width="1024" height="614" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller11-1024x614.jpg 1024w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller11-300x180.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller11-768x460.jpg 768w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller11.jpg 1168w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" />

Below: Paradise Drop – a tropical themed roller coaster.


<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-9256 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_paradise-1.jpg" alt="roller_paradise" width="853" height="700" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_paradise-1.jpg 853w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_paradise-1-300x246.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_paradise-1-768x630.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 853px) 100vw, 853px" />

Below: Leap of Faith – This roller coaster includes an unusual innovation, in which the ball consistently makes a leap into a cup.

<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9251 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_leap.jpg" alt="roller_leap" width="684" height="700" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_leap.jpg 684w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_leap-293x300.jpg 293w" sizes="(max-width: 684px) 100vw, 684px" />


<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9241 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller9.jpg" alt="roller9" width="1011" height="700" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller9.jpg 1011w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller9-300x208.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller9-768x532.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1011px) 100vw, 1011px" />


<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9243 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller7.jpg" alt="roller7" width="754" height="700" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller7.jpg 754w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller7-300x279.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 754px) 100vw, 754px" />

Above and Below: The Barf Zone had an unusual innovation. The ball hits the funnel and spins around inside it, before falling through to the final phase of the coaster.


<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9242 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller8.jpg" alt="roller8" width="815" height="700" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller8.jpg 815w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller8-300x258.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller8-768x660.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 815px) 100vw, 815px" />

Below: This roller coaster is particularly strong given the large amounts of duct tape used in it’s creation. They also use a funnel, though tilted at an angle to minimize spin.


<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9245 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller5-1024x576.jpg" alt="roller5" width="1024" height="576" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller5-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller5-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller5-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller5.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" />

Below: Nice raceway themed design.


<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9247 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller3-1024x576.jpg" alt="roller3" width="1024" height="576" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller3-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller3-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller3-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller3.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" />


<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9240 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller10-1024x683.jpg" alt="roller10" width="1024" height="683" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller10-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller10-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller10-768x512.jpg 768w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller10.jpg 1050w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" />

Below: This high speed roller coaster was the tallest coaster of all.


<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-9248 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller1-1024x576.jpg" alt="roller1" width="1024" height="576" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller1-1024x576.jpg 1024w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller1-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller1-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller1.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" />


<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-9252 lazyload" src="http://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_mark-1.jpg" alt="roller_mark" width="955" height="700" srcset="https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_mark-1.jpg 955w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_mark-1-300x220.jpg 300w, https://www.bishopodowd.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/roller_mark-1-768x563.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 955px) 100vw, 955px" />

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