It's a toss up between which is more fun: a roller coaster or a water slide. They both have breathtaking ascents and hair-raising descents. In fact, a water slide is essentially a roller coaster, just without the safety harness or train seat and with the addition of a little bit of the cold and wet stuff. Want to understand the mechanisms behind these thrilling rides? Take our quiz and get to know all the behind-the-scenes information.
How many water parks are there in America?
What force powers a water slide?
a combination of air pressure and water
What does the fact that potential energy increases as you climb the stairs of a water slide actually mean?
The speed at which you will descend increases.
The higher you climb, the further you have to come down.
The higher you climb in the atmosphere, the more energy particles there are in the air.
What is kinetic energy?
energy of motion
the energy generated by the water lubricating the waterslide
the speed at which you descend the slide
Which has more potential energy to work with?
a short slide
a tall slide
a curvy slide
How tall is the tallest free fall water slide?
50 feet (15 meters)
80 feet (24 meters)
120 feet (37 meters)
Where is the tallest raft water slide located?
What is the function of the water streaming down a water slide?
To make the slide more fun.
To prevent people from going into shock from the cold water of the swimming pool they land in.
To lubricate the slide.
What is a water slide's relationship with gravity?
It works with gravity.
It works against gravity.
It works for gravity.
On a slide, what is it that slows you down so that you don't shoot off into the crowd of people waiting in line to slide?
the plastic sides of the slide
the exit flume and bumps and dips
On a speed and sled slide, how do you move forward?
in a straight line
at a downward angle
in a zig zag
On a serpentine slide, what is the slide working against?
gravity and inertia
What material is a water slide usually made out of?
How are fiberglass segments fitted together?
They are cemented together.
They are designed to click into each other; they don't need additional material.
They are fastened together with heavy duty bolts.
Why are the some sections of a water slide completely enclosed?
so that no-one will fly off the slide
for added sun protection
to create a spooky atmosphere
What are the fiberglass tubes of a water slide held up by?
How do water parks get a stream of water up to the top of the water slide?
via a valve
via a pump
via hoses and taps concealed at the top of each slide
What type of valve is inside the water pipe?
two way valve
one way valve
How do water parks keep the water slides sanitary?
They use extra strength chlorine in the water.
They change the water frequently.
They use a water filter.
What is a water-coaster?
A water slide in which you sit on rafts.
A water slide that uses gravity to push you downward and water power to push you upward.