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# Assuming normal maintainance, how many times does the average Tilt-a-whirl car spin during a two-minute ride?

Question #64690. Asked by kaylofgorons. (Apr 16 06 3:09 PM)

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What happens to an individual Tilt-A-Whirl car is highly dependent upon the weight of its passengers and where they sit. The resulting jumbled mixture of car rotations never repeats itself exactly, which gives the Tilt-A-Whirl its lively and unpredictable character. Indeed, no two trips are ever likely to produce exactly the same thrills and chills.

However, the mathematical model used by Kautz and Huggard predicts that chaotic motion would occur at a speed close to the 6.5 revolutions per minute at which the ride is normally operated.

http://www.maa.org/mathland/mathtrek_4_24_00.html

 Apr 22 06, 7:26 PM
kaylofgorons

Thank you!

I knew it would vary (we always shift around like crazy trying to get a spin), but I was hoping someone had found an average, possibly with empty cars.

 Apr 22 06, 8:39 PM

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