Skip to main content
Physics LibreTexts

18.1: Introduction

  • Page ID
    7044
  • [ "article:topic", "authorname:tatumj", "showtoc:no" ]

    If a flexible chain or rope is loosely hung between two fixed points, it hangs in a curve that looks a little like a parabola, but in fact is not quite a parabola; it is a curve called a catenary, which is a word derived from the Latin catena, a chain.

    Contributor