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 Parabola:  The graph of a quadratic or second-degree equation.
This is the Superman – Ride of Steel roller coaster at Six Flags America. Part of the track of the roller coaster is a parabola that faces up. The riders coast down and then up the parabola. Mathematics is an important aspect of designing roller coasters to make them thrilling, yet safe for riders.

Roller Coaster

Image courtesy of Joel Rogers. See more mathematics at the amusement park at www.CoasterGallery.com