Ok maybe not perfectly straight. The last three bunny hills on the ride are almost "straight" hills, but it looks like each of them has a slightly banked entrance and exit. So three hills that are about 75% straight. :) Oh wait. There is that micro hop on the way to the lifthill. lol :) *** Edited 1/30/2007 6:04:30 AM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***
With a lift of 105' and assuming Chuck's comment was about the length of the drop's track - 180' - that would mean the bottom of the first drop is a distance of 208.38' as measured along the ground [not linearly of course as the drop curves] from the apex of the lift.
[105 x 105] + [180 x 180] = ~[208.38 x 208.38]
That's all I remember from the Pythagorean Theorem. Anyone want to calculate the angle of the drop given those numbers? ;)
Moosh, your figures are a bit off. the 105 is the y component ('a'), but if the 180 is the length of the track in the drop, that would be the hypotenuse in in the Pythagorean Theorem (the 'c'). The hypotenuse (or "the slant" in a right triangle) is always the longest side.
Given rounding errors, these all arrive at approximately the same figure, which for a 105' tall coaster, would be one not-thrilling drop (although Silver Bullet does pack a bunch with a low-angled drop!)
Edit: If, on the other hand, the 180 was the x-component, then your figure is correct of 208 (would would be the actual length of track traversed from the top of the drop to the bottom as if it were laid out straight), and that would make the angle of descent (using tangent) of 105/180, or 30.3°.. still in the same ballpark, but just as boring-sounding. :) *** Edited 1/30/2007 12:12:51 PM UTC by dannerman***
That's some pretty fancy math there, LOL, but the drop is neither *straight*, nor is in consistent in the angle. That would be a drop in one "plane", and would look more like the Beast's second drop than anything else. Instead, the drop curves on the way down, so the angle would INCREASE to accommodate the extra trackage length (beginning to think I need to learn another language to explain myself, LOL)...
Since I brought it up, I had to check the angle of Beast's second drop....rcdb says it's a whopping 18* - and I doubt anyone finmds THAT drop "un-thrilling".... ;)
Like Gator said, the Pythagorean Theorem assumes a straight line from the apex of the drop to the bottom, but we know it curves and doesn't come to a point at either end, so the drop will be longer than the straight line calculation.
Here's some information copied from Justin Garvanovic's post on the ecc mailing list. It's a reply from GCI regarding the incident:
---------- At around 12:30 today, a gale-force wind swept through the Sevenum area. The wind blew over 13 bents of the lift structure, but thankfully all employees were off-site eating lunch at the time of damage.
Initial inspections of the damage reveal that the foundation and anchors are intact, and most of the lumber contained in the affected bents is salvageable. We will have to replace several large legs and batters with new material.
It is important to note that a coaster is not as strong during the construction process as it is when completed, since all supporting batters, bracing and track are not yet in place.
We hope to have all affected areas rebuilt within a week or so.
Again, we are blessed that no employees were injured during this unforseen event. ----------