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Name:  Robert S.
Status: student
Age: 17
Location: N/A
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Date: 2000-2001

I have a question regarding a rollercoaster ride that I am sappose to do an experiment on. It is called The Giant Drop. It is located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL. For this rollercoaster you sit in a bucket looking seat. It raises you straight up 227 feet. Then it drops you at 62 mph. The seats of the rollercoaster are stopped by a series of opposing magnet (I think). How would that work? Are there magnets that appose each other that strongly or do you have to add electricity?


First of all, you are dropped from rest and attain a maximum velocity of about 28 m/s during the drop.

The braking system works on eddy currents. There are magnets in the passenger car, and copper strips mounted on the tower pass between them causing the braking.

---Nathan A. Unterman

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