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134. A Body acquires the Same Velocity in descending down

any Inciined Plane BA, as by falling perpendicular through the Height of the Plane Bc.

For, the velocities generated by any constant forces, are in the compound ratio of the forces and times of acting. But if we put.

to denote the whole force of gravity in BC, fihe force on the plane AB,

B t the time of describing Bc, and

D T the time of descending down ae ; then by art. 119, F:f:: and by art 132, 1 : 1 : : BC : BA; theref, by comp. Fl:fT:: 1:J.

That is the con pound ratio of the forces and times, or the ratio of the velocities, is a ratio of equality.


BC ;

135. Corol. 1. Herice the veloci:ies acquired, by bodies descer ding down any plaies, from the same height, 10 the same horizontal line are equal.

136. Corol. 2. If the velocities be equal, at any two equal altitudes, D, E ; they will be equal at all other equal altitudes A, C.

137. Corol. 3. Foice also the velocities acquired by descending down any planes, are as the square roots of the heights.


138. If a Body descend down any Number of Contiguous Planes,

AB, BC, CD; it will at last acquire the Same Veiocity, as a
Body falling perpendicularly through the Same Height Ed,
supposing the Velucily not altered by changing from one
Plane to another.
PRODUCE the planes Dc, CB, to

meet the horizontal line EA pro-
duced in aid G. Then, by
art. 135, the velocity at B is the

C same whether the body descend througl AB OF FB And therefore the voluciiy ai c will be the same, whether the body descend through ABC or through FC,


which is also again, by art. 135, the same as by descending through G. Consequently it will have the same velocity at D, by descending through the planes AB, BC, cd, as by descending through the plane GD; supposing no obstruction to the motion by the body impinging on the planes at B and c: and this again, is the same velocity as by descending through the same perpendicular height Ed.

139. Corol. 1. If the lines ABCD, &c, be supposed indefinitely small, they will form a curve line, which will be the path of the body; from wbich it appears that a body acquires also the same velocity in descending along any curve, as in falling perpendicularly through the same height.

140. Corol 2. Hence also, bodies acquire the same velo. city by descending from the same height, whether they descend perpendicularly, or down any planes, or down any curve or curves. And if their velocities be equal, at any one height, they will be equal at all other equal heights. Therefore the velocity acquired by descending down any lines or eurves, are as the square roots of the perpendicular heights.

141. Corol. 3. And a body, after its descent through any curve, will acquire a velocity which will carry it to the same height through an equal curve, or through any other curve, either by running up the smooth concave side, or by being retained in the curve by a string, and vibrating like a pendulum : Also, the velocities will be equal, at all equal altitudes ; and the ascent and descent will be performed in the same time, if the curves be the same.


142. The Times in which Bodies descend through Similar

Parts of Similar Curves ABC. abc, placed alike, are as the Square Roots of their Lengths.

That is, the time in ac is to the time in ac, as V AC to v ac,

For, as the curves are similar, they may D a A. be considered as made up of an equal number of corresponding parts, which are

ch every where, each to each, proportional to

B the whole. And as they are placed alike, the corresponding small similar parts will

С also be parallel to each other. But the time of describing each of these pairs of corresponding paa rallel parts, by art. 128, are as the square roots of their

lengths, lengibs, which by the supposition, are as v ac to v ac, the roots of the whole curves. Therefore, the whole times are in the same ratio of V AC to vac.

143. Corol 1. Because the axes dc, pc, of similar curves, are as the lengths of the similar parts ac, ac ; therefore the times of descent in the curves ac, ac, are as V DC to V DC, or the square roots of their axes.

144. Corol. 2. As it is the same thing, whether the bodies run down the simooth concave side of the curves, or be made to discribe those curves by vibrating like a pendulum, the lengths being DC, DC ; therefore the times of the vibration of pendulums in similar arcs of any curves, are as the square roots of the lengths of the pendulums.


145. Having in the last corollary, mentioned the pendulum, it may not be improper here to add some remarks concerning it. A pendulum consists of a ball, or any

A other heavy body B. hung by a fine string or thread, moveable about a centre A, and describing the arc cBD ; by which vibration the same motions happon to this heavy body, as would happen

E to any body descending by its gravity along the spherical superficies CBD, if

B that superficies were perfectly hard and smooth. If the pendulum be carried to the situation ac, and then let fall, the ball in descending will describe the arc CB; and in the point B it will have that velocity which is acquired by decending through ce, or by a body falling freely through eB. This velocity will be sufficient to cause the ball to ascend through an equal arc bd, to the sanie

height D from whence it fell at c; having there lost all its motion, it will again begin to descend by its own gravity; and in the lowest point B it will acquire the same velocity as before ; which will cause it lo re-ascend to c; and thus, by ascending and descending, it will perform continual vibrations on the circumference CBD. And if the motions of pendulums met with no resistance from the air, and if there were no friction at the centre of motion A, the vibrations of pendulums would never cease. But from these obstructions, though small, it happens, that the velocity of the ball in the point B is a little diminished in every vibration; and consequently it does not return precisely to the same points c or D, but the arcs described con


tinually become shorter and shorter, till at length they are insensible ; unless the motion be assisted by a mechanical contrivance, as in clucks, called a maintaining power.

DEFINITION, 146. If the cir.

F cumfe rence of a B

B circle be rolled on a right line,begin

ing at any point
A, and continued
till the same point


Ая A arrive at the line again, making just one revolution, and thereby measuring out a straight line ala equal to the circumference of the cir. cle, while the point a in the circumference traces out a curve line ACAGA ; then this curve is called a cycloid ; and some of its properties are contained in the following lemma.

LEMMA. 147. If the generating or revolving circle be placed in the middle of the cycloid, its diameter coinciding with the axis AB, and from any point there be drawn the tangent cy, the ordinate cde perp. to the axis, and the chord of the circle AD : Then the chief properties are these :

The right line CD = the circular arc AD;
The cycloidal arc ac = double the chord Ad;
The semi-cycloid ACA = double the diameter AB, and
The tangent cf is parallel to the chord Ad.


148. When a Pendulum vibrates in a cycloid ; the Time of one

Vibration, is to the Time in which a Body falls through Half the Length of the Pendulum, as the Circumference of a Gir. cle is to its Diameter.

LET A Ba be the cycloid; DB its axis, or the diameter of the generatingsemicircle DEB ; CB = 2DB the length of the pendulum, or radius of curvature at B. Let the

А ball descend from F, and,


F in vibrating, describe the

HNK NM arc Fif. Divide fb into innumerable small parts, one of which is gg ; draw FEL,

B GM, gm, perpendicular to



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Now the triangles beh, BHK, are equiangular; the refore BK : BH : :BH: BE, or

9 BH2 = BK . BE, or BH =V (BK · BF). And the equiangular triangles mmp, Mon, give Mp : Mm : : MN: MO. Also, by the nature of the cycloid, u is equal to ag.

If another body descend down the chord EB, it will have the same velociiy as the ball in the cycloid has at the same height. So that kk and gg are passed over with the same velocity, and consequently the time in passing them will be as their lengths ag, kk, or as hh to kk, or Bu, to BK by similar triangles, or w(BK. BE) to BK, or ✓ BE 10 V BK, or as V BL 10 v BN by similar triangles.

That is, the time in gg: time in kk::BL: BN.
Again, the time of describing any space with a

uniform motion, is directly as the space, and reciprocally as the ve. locily ; also, the velocity in k or kk, is to the velocity at B, as EK 10 ✓ EB, or as in to LB; and the uniform velocity for EB is equal to half that at the point B, !herefore the

Kk time in kk: time in EB ::

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: mp: 2 V(BN.NL) or 2NM. But, by sim tri. mm : 20m or BL :: mp: 2nm. Theref. time in cg : time in EB : : Min : BL.


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Consequently the sum of all the times in all the gg's, is to the time in EB, or the time in do, which is the same thing, as the sum of all the mm's, is to LB ; that is, the time in fg : time in DB :: lm : LB, and the uime in FB : time in DB :: LMB : LB, or the time in

Fbi': time in DB:: 2LMB : LB.

That is, the time of one whole vibration,

is to the time of falling through half CB,
as the circumference of any circle,
is to its diameter.

149. Coroi.

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