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Animation 4: Roller coaster

A roller coaster with mass m moves frictionless on a track, driven by gravity. The track is described by a one-dimensional parameterization. Roller coaster
Roller coaster

The period is derived symbolically, the one-dimensional equation of motion is solved numerically. The movement of the roller coaster is displayed in three dimensions. Further details can be found in Chap04_4