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The Physics Behind waterslides

Water Slide at Hampton Beach, NH

“A water park is the same thing as any other system out there,” points out Eric Martell, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Millikin University. “You start out at the top of the waterslide at rest,” he explains. “And then you have some forces acting on you which cause you to accelerate, which means a change in velocity.”

At the top of the Summit Plummet waterslide at Walt Disney World’s Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida—which stands some 120 feet (37 meters) above the ground—thrill seekers have been known to turn back.

The Physics Behind waterslides.

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