Galileo's Inclined Plane Experiment

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In 1603, Galileo performed a classic experiment in mechanics: he measured the distances covered by a ball rolling on an inclined plane, which slows down the ball, compared to its free fall. The distance traveled grows by the increasing ratios 1, 3, 5, 7, … units for any angle, leading to the key observation that the total distance covered is proportional to the time squared ), with the progression 1, 4, 9, 16, ….

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (May 2011)
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