A smooth ride

An interesting turn: now we're using math to "beat out" the laws of physics.

Looping roller coasters have been around for over 150 years. And for much of that time, they've produced the same feeling for riders.

Now, using mathematics, designers in Sweden have plotted what might be the smoothest loop for amusement park-goers.

But watch out, a more comfy ride might soon mean longer lines as well.

The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.


 

Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
$126,000/yr
Physician
$187,199/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
$105,610/yr
$95,620/yr
Statistician
$199,710/yr
$117,210/yr
Stockbroker
$102,250/yr

Figures represent salary potential.

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Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...

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