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November 23, 2012

Amusement rides

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 5:56 am

* Class # : 87
* Group # : 6
* Members’ name: 강상원, 이대영
1. Text
Our presentation is about Amusement rides.
There are many different types of amusement rides in amusement parks, including Roller coaster, Drop tower, bumper cars.

Pirate ships
Pirate ships are big ship-shaped rides and they clings to horizontal axis on the tall pillars. It sways back and forth, so it looks like a large swings.

Bumper car
Bumper car is the generic name for a type of flat ride consisting of several small electric cars which draw power from the floor or ceiling, and which are turned on and off remotely by an operator.

Drop tower
Drop tower consist of chairs arranged in a circle or rectangular gondola, and a high tower. The gondola carries people to top of the tower, soon it free-fall to bottom and be quickly decelerated by magnetic force.

The Top Spin
The Top Spin is a thrill ride developed by HUSS Park Attractions, and is the generic name for a series of rides from other manufacturers that follow the same principle. The ride consists of a passenger platform suspended between two counterweighted arms. The arms are turned by motors, while the platform generally only has brakes that are engaged and disengaged at various points of the ride cycle.

A house of mirrors or hall of mirrors
A house of mirrors or hall of mirrors is a traditional attraction at funfairs and amusement parks. The basic concept behind a house of mirrors is to be a maze-like puzzle. In addition to the maze, participants are also given mirrors as obstacles, and glass panes to parts of the maze they cannot yet get to. Sometimes the mirrors may be distorted because of different curves, convex, or concave in the glass to give the participants unusual and confusing reflections of themselves, some humorous and others frightening.

Roller coaster
The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. LaMarcus Adna Thompson patented the first roller coasters on January 20, 1885, which were made out of wood. In essence a specialized railroad system, a roller coaster consists of a track that rises in designed patterns, sometimes with one or more inversions that turn the rider briefly upside down.

2. Glossary
swing: to move easily and without interruption backwards and forwards or from one side to the other, especially from a fixed point, or to cause something or someone to do this.
gondola: a container in which passengers travel.
generic: relating to or shared by a whole group of similar things; not specific to any particular thing.
convex: curved or swelling out.
patent: the legal right to be the only one who can make, use, or sell an invention for a particular number of years

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4. Discussion Questions
Which amusement rides are famous for couples?
Why are people screaming when they ride?
Why foods sold in amusement park are so expensive?


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