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The Catenary: Art, Architecture, History, and Mathematics

@inproceedings{Kaplan2008TheCA,
  title={The Catenary: Art, Architecture, History, and Mathematics},
  author={Gail C. Kaplan},
  year={2008}
}
Curve A is a parabola, the graph of a quadratic equation generally introduced in a high school algebra course. The curve shown is a portion of the graph of p(x) = . Curve B is part of the graph of a trigonometric sine curve, generally studied in a high school precalculus course. The curve shown is a portion of the graph of f(x) = cos x. Curve C is a portion of a hyperbolic cosine curve, also known as a catenary curve. Visually, we see that the curves appear to have the same basic shape. The… Expand
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