Who Says You Can't Learn at Amusement Parks!
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Who Says You Can't Learn at Amusement Parks!

My Love For Physics Sealed At Six Flags in Beautiful Gurnee Illinois!

I'll never forget learning about Physics on a field trip to Six Flags in Gurnee, IL.  Our Physics teacher created groups; extra credit went to our group for solving the Physics problems first.
After Physics field trip, I realized I had a strong connection to Physics and wanted to learn more, potentially pursuing it as a major in college. I especially wanted to figure out a way to get into designing amusement rides!  I really wanted to understand how to maximize G-Forces on the roller coasters.
When I was in college, I was able to intern at the German design firm Werner Stengel, which helped develop the first roller coaster "loop", located at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Ohio University actually has a Master in Engineering Management program that focuses on Engineering Amusement Park rides.  I audited courses there and learned a great deal.
Before our field trip to Six Flags, I thought of Physics just as any other course, something to memorize for the upcoming test and then forget.  But exploring Physics across on the Six Flags theme park opened my eyes to how much fun and excitement Physics can be.  I especially loved calculating G-Forces of the roller coasters!
The average modern roller coaster costs about $8 million, so there is a great deal of engineering and Physics that go into making a successful coaster, from the tracks to the brakes.
Werner Stengel, first designer of roller coaster Loop
Werner Stengel, first designer of roller coaster Loop
This is the point of no return; every well-designed coaster has one!
This is the point of no return; every well-designed coaster has one!
“People Love Roller Coasters Because They Are Like Life. ”
The dateline rush at this point is off the charts fantastic!
The dateline rush at this point is off the charts fantastic!
The American Eagle coaster in Gurnee sets the standard for these reasons!
The American Eagle coaster in Gurnee sets the standard for these reasons!
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