back to GeometryGeometry_on_a_Roll.html
This exciting loop-the-loop might remind you of cutting-edge roller coasters, but there is a difference.  This loop is nearly circular, which in a coaster would mean too much angular acceleration.  The severe whiplash could snap your neck!
Amusement park rides use the teardrop-shaped clothoid curve, which slows you down just enough on the way up to make it safely through the loop, brains intact.

Designing curves that make smooth transitions from one direction to another is an everyday problem for transportation engineers.  The Loopy-Loop makes a great launch pad to introduce young engineers to the problems of gee-whiz G-forces and the practical side of math.

Please email for more information.mailto:geometry@theexhibitguys.com?subject=Loopy%20Loop%20infomailto:geometry@theexhibitguys.com?subject=loopy%20loop%20infoshapeimage_4_link_0