There you sit barred and buckled into a scream machine climbing steadily to 208 feet, the amusement park far below, the fear palpable as your car approaches the summit. At that awesome moment your eyes drift warily over the giant’s superbly crafted metal infrastructure, and you wonder what it takes to design a roller coaster.

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Coasters 101: An Engineer’s Guide to Roller Coaster Design is not a textbook. It is an introduction, (not unlike the rookie 101 academic classes we all sat through), meant to provide a better understanding of the diverse scientific thought processes, from concept to creation, that make ever more ambitious thrill rides feasible and possible. And though some fundamental knowledge of physics and formulas such as velocity, acceleration, and g force will certainly help,  you won’t need a PHD to follow along to learn about roller coaster design.

*Warning: Side effects of reading may cause dizziness, nausea, or  the sudden urge to visit a theme park.

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“I thought it was great. It was a good first look at roller coaster design. It also gave great information and details about roller coasters in general.”Adrina from Goodreads

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“Thanks for writing a very good book. I could not put it down. Lot’s of great information. I am a technology and engineering teacher and the information I found here is very helpful in trying to get students more excited about engineering.” Amazon reviewer

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The ultimate guide to roller coaster design and engineering includes interesting content like:

  • History of the roller coaster
  • Detailed description on lift and launch systems
  • A people powered coaster
  • How a 4th dimension coaster works
  • Evolution of the modern vertical loop
  • What software roller coaster engineers actually use
  • Safety standards and lock out tag out procedures
  • Difference between LIMs and LSMs
  • Why one design is often cloned at multiple parks
  • And that’s not nearly all. You’ll discover much more in this rare book. And what’s really great is that…

You Can Begin Learning About Roller Coaster Design In The Next 30 Seconds! Coasters 101: An Engineer’s Guide to Roller Coaster Design is now available in paperback and many ebook formats:

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