Sophomore Presentation help

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 11:04 AM
Hey everyone! For my sophomore presentation, I am doing Millennium Force. I was wondering where I could acess a lot of technical information and other facts about the ride. I need several resouces, so all the help will be appreciated. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 11:15 AM
What kind of information exactly are you looking for? Specs? Cost? Etc?
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 11:58 AM
For starters you might want to look at United States Patent #6,397,756. That describes in some detail the second most unique detail about Millennium Force...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 12:50 PM
Thanks Rideman, yeah, any information on the ride, cost, Specs, Paint color, and technical information. I can pretty much describe how the ride works, but I need sources to back it up. My English teacher won't just take my word.


btw, Rideman, could you tell me where the patent for the magnetic brakes are at? *** Edited 4/6/2005 5:00:20 PM UTC by SFSL_Guy07***

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 1:18 PM
I'm too lazy to do that. Instead, I'll point you to Prof. Canfield's site:

There are multiple eddy current brake patents on that site. If you're talking about an Intamin ride, though, look for the name "Spieldeiner".

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 2:40 PM
Who are you gonna get to type it for you? ;)

Seriously back when I was a sophomore [1980] we didn't have the internet as a resource. We went to libraries and did research and found our own sources. I hope you consider yourself lucky that Dave gave you some information. Now go get online or go to a library and do the rest of the work yourself. Yeah, its hard...that's why its called homeWORK ;)


*** Edited 4/6/2005 6:41:01 PM UTC by Mamoosh***

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 2:46 PM
lol Moosh....I know what you mean. I have a heard too many people asks me things they didn't find on the net and I say ummmmmmmmm library? Then I get looked at as if i have 2 heads.

Other places that might help are or a google search

edit: I guess i was beat to the rcdb idea.... *** Edited 4/6/2005 6:56:14 PM UTC by dragonoffrost*** *** Edited 4/6/2005 6:57:45 PM UTC by dragonoffrost***

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 2:53 PM
Don't you think your being just a little harsh Moosh? Give the kid a break... :)
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 2:56 PM
I'm with 'Moosh - that's why they call it a research paper. You're supposed to do *GASP* research.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 2:57 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I can't tell you the last time I had to do something for school without at least some help.
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:02 PM
That's my point - What are you going to do when you get to college or the working world when you have to do your own work looking for answers?
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:03 PM
Ummm... I am in college....
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:05 PM
And you can't parse a sentence with an "or" in it?
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:23 PM
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 3:57 PM
I don't know what it is, but something about doing a project on a rollercoaster just seems...meh to me. Sure, I'm interested in them, but I would much rather do a project on something that wasn't a hobby of mine, so I could learn about something new.


Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:04 PM

Parse: v.

2. To describe by stating its part of speech, form, and syntactical relationships in a sentence.

3. To examine closely or subject to detailed analysis, especially by breaking up into components.

In other words, while you still might be in college (where standards must have changed in the past twelve years), the other half of my sentence after the "or" still applies.

Good luck to you when your boss asks you to immediately research something and have an answer with detailed analysis of the pros and cons to multiple options when you can't rely on your dorm room buddies to help out.

Projects like this are designed to make you learn how do your own research, not have people spoon-feed you the information and then give it to the instructor/professor as your own research. *** Edited 4/6/2005 8:07:27 PM UTC by redman822***

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:07 PM
Simmer down guys... he was just asking for a little guidance, not specific information. Dave pointed out a source that I wouldn't have thought of.

If SFSL_Guy07 would have asked, "Hey everyone! For my sophomore presentation, I am doing Millennium Force. I was wondering if you guys could write up a few paragraphs about the ride and email those to me. Don't forget to include your sources. I'm going to go back to watching TV. All the help will be appreciated. Thanks!" Then I would be also be in your boat. Until then, give him some slack.

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:11 PM
I agree with what Raven-Phile (Josh) said... but perhaps for not the same reason.

Reading over this board for the past few years, I am amazed how many are doing papers, projects, etc on roller coasters... not only roller coasters, but their absolute favorite rollercoasters.

Geeze... back when I was in school (both high school and college), that wouldn't fly... well, it may fly once... but not more than that.

Besides, I can see the teacher reactions... "Oh, goodie... yet another roller coaster project / paper."

Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:14 PM
^Exactly, that too.

When I was in high school, there was a kid who did every paper and speech on cars.

He was a redneck kid who wasn't all there (neither was his brother, I guess they shared girlfriends and other weird stuff..)
Whenever someone asked what his next paper was on he would say "Carrrrs....." and we would just roll our eyes.

Of course, there was also this kid who's topics were always about conspiracy theories and alien cattle mutilation. :-\


Wednesday, April 6, 2005 4:14 PM
If he had done that, you wouldn't want to know my response, Neuski.

His teacher expects sources, he wants us to give them to him instead of looking for them himself - thus bypassing a major portion of the goal of the project from the instructor's viewpoint.


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