Coaster Research Project

Wednesday, May 22, 2002 4:41 AM
I have to do a project for the final assignment of my research and data analysis class as a freshman. I was hoping to be able to use roller coasters for this. In this experiment I must have independent and dependent variables, different levels of testing, and a few trials. Could you please give me some suggestions for this project?


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Dave Bonnetti

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002 5:13 AM

Well, if you could somehow access the speedometer on the coasters (you might be able to ask park management), you could do a study on the maximum speed (dependant variable) of a coaster with respect to it's height, angle, train type, temperature, number of people on the train (independant variables) etc. etc. etc.

Similarly, without access to the speedometer, you could time the circuit (dependanat) and compare it to number of riders, or time of day (independanty variables). You could do this same experiment for multiple coasters.

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The legend lives!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002 6:11 AM

This is a far fetched idea but I applied it in a simular case this year.

Independent Variable: Type of person

ie: shy vs excentric

Dependent Variable: How theyn react on certain rides.

ie: a white knuckle vs. a screamin' machine

I have been on rides with all kinds of GPs. You could base it on experience if your allowed.

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Coaster M and M
Ride On!

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Sunday, May 26, 2002 3:06 PM
Thanks for the ideas. I will talk to my teacher to see if I will be able to do something like that, because it has to be cleared by the school first.
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Sunday, May 26, 2002 3:37 PM
If you go up to Cannobie or Compounce, they'll be happy to let you test any of their rides, and you could tell your mom thatyou have to go to a theme park to do school work.;)

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Lake Compounce-So Fresh and So Clean Clean

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Sunday, May 26, 2002 8:17 PM
Vertigo - stranger things have happened. Last semester in video production class my teacher gave these girls a pass to goto the mall... (Do ya really think they did any videotaping at the mall?)...

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Tommy Penner - Variable X
"Yes. The Force is strong in that one." - Stifler, AP2.

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Monday, May 27, 2002 5:36 AM

HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Di they tape the big sale at Macys or just try on everything at the store ;)

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Lake Compounce-So Fresh and So Clean Clean

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