Posted Saturday, March 19, 2005 3:52 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Dave Althoff Jr. (also known as "Rideman" in the online community) explains the physics behind Cedar Point's new Huss Giant Frisbee, maXair. His article has been posted to PointBuzz.com.
God bless Dave and other physics nuts, but I'm just gonna enjoy it as though it were all just magic.
I dunno, I'm closer to Homey's explanation of "just magic" than I am to the technowizardry of advanced physics since I haven't seen a classroom in 20-some years.....but it sure SEEMS like the acceleration from the spinning gondola is toward the OUTSIDE of the wheel. I know it FEELS much stronger when you manage to catch the outside top edge as the swing downward starts to PUMP....of course, the DIRECTION of the acceleration is key to debating/deciding forces applied...;)
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