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Physics is a large subject that can be observed almost everywhere, even in a theme park, in a theme park physics principles such as
‘weightlessness’ and ‘acceleration/deceleration’ play a large part in ensuring that the rides are as thrilling as they are safe. In this essay I am going to show how two certain physics principles are being used in a ride to ensure that the ride is safe but at the same time delivers a lot of thrill to the rider. I am going to explore the sense of ‘weightlessness’ during freefall, and how ‘forces’ are used to ensure that the ride is not dangerous, I will also mention how gravitational potential energy converts to kinetic energy as the ride drops. Physics principles


Freefall is a term used to describe how an object is moving through the air when there are practically no forces other than gravity acting on them. During freefall, object experience a sense of
‘weightlessness’, but weightlessness does not mean that an object loses all its weight. Since in Physics ‘weight’ does not mean how heavy an object is, (that is known as the ‘mass’) ‘weight’ is a term used to describe how much force and object is exerting due to gravity, weight can only be felt if there is another force opposing the direction of the weight, as stated by Newton’s laws of motion that
‘all forces have a resistant force that is equal to and in the opposite direction of the force’, on earth the resistant force is delivered by the ground beneath our feet, so if the ground was taken away, as in freefall, there would be no resistant force and we would not experience weight, that is what is meant by the term
‘weightlessness’. This is used in the ride I am going to study to create the feeling to falling into a pit and thus creating a thrill.


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