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Catenary Curve

  1. Jan 12, 2006 #1
    I am curious as to how the equation of a catenary was derived:

    x = t
    y = a*cosh(t)

    Does anyone have any insight on this or know a good webpage that can explain it?

    Thank you for the assistance.
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  3. Jan 13, 2006 #2
  4. Jan 13, 2006 #3
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2006
  5. Jan 13, 2006 #4
    Thanks for the links. I actually found something almost identical to the material on the Planetmath site (it also had a picture, though). For now, I think something like that is sufficient (although I'm sure I'll come across it in a future class). Thanks again...
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