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Approximating the Brachistochrone by Line Segments
This Demonstration shows an approximation of a brachistochrone (cycloid curve) by line segments. A point mass rolling along the polygonal line cannot move faster than it would along the cycloid.
Contributed by:
Sven Spenner
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Sven Spenner
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Approximating the Brachistochrone by Line Segments
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http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/ApproximatingTheBrachistochroneByLineSegments/
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Published: August 26, 2011
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