ERIC Number: EJ856217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
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Christiaan Huygens and the Problem of the Hanging Chain
Bukowski, John F.
College Mathematics Journal, v39 n1 p2-11 Jan 2008
The seventeen-year-old Christiaan Huygens was the first to prove that a hanging chain did not take the form of the parabola, as was commonly thought in the early seventeenth century. We will examine Huygen's geometrical proof, and we will investigate the later history of the catenary.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Validity, Mathematical Logic, College Mathematics, History
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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