A rope is supported at its ends. What shape do you think it assumes? Galileo though parabola, in red. Wrong! Let’s cut Galileo some slack though. The right answer, so called catenary, is very close.

A rope is supported at its ends. What shape do you think it assumes? Galileo though parabola, in red. Wrong! Let’s cut Galileo some slack though. The right answer, so called catenary, is very close.

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