English Title

On the most rapid (descending) motion of weights along curves of a specified type

Authors

Leonhard Euler

Enestrom Number

444

Fuss Index

472

Original Language

Latin

Published as

Journal article

Published Date

1773

Written Date

1772

Content Summary

One problem Euler treats in this paper, as described by Homer White: Given two points A (higher) and B (lower), to find, among all semi-ellipses whose axes lie along the line AB, that semi-ellipse which permits the most rapid descent of a weight from A to B.

Original Source Citation

Novi Commentarii academiae scientiarum Petropolitanae, Volume 17, pp. 488-504.

Opera Omnia Citation

Series 1, Volume 25, pp.236-249.

Record Created

2018-09-25

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