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3-029-FerrisWheelCatch-ModelingScenario

Author(s): Brian Winkel

SIMIODE - Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations

Keywords: parametric equations projectile motion initial velocity ferris wheel catch collision

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Resource Image We offer the opportunity to model the throw of an object to a person on a moving Ferris wheel.

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You arrived late (as usual) at the amusement park and your girlfriend is already on the Ferris wheel (without you!) You have purchased a bracelet for her (not yet ready for the big engagement ring thing) and you now wish to surprise her and throw it to her as she goes round and round, up and down. You were never one with tact.

So with the 20 foot radius Ferris wheel spinning at 5 rpm's and you standing some 60 feet away on the ground, in the plane of the Ferris wheel which is turning towards you, you decide to toss the bracelet to her chair in the hopes of showing off your physical prowess and making up for being late, to say nothing of winning her heart. Did we mention that you never really had tact?

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Author(s): Brian Winkel

SIMIODE - Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations

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