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The Ultimate Water Slide Quiz
by Staff
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.

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What force powers a water slide?

• gravity
• water
• 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)

• Florida
• Los Angeles
• Brazil

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 water
• 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?

• kinetic energy
• gravity
• gravity and inertia

• fiberglass
• plastic
• aluminum

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
• to create a spooky atmosphere

What are the fiberglass tubes of a water slide held up by?

• concrete pillars
• wooden blocks
• steel girders

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?

• solenoid valve
• 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.
• The European name for a waters slide.
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