Brachistochrone Problem - Think you know which ramp is fastest? [video]
Naval Postgraduate School Physics
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Brachistochrone Problem - Take your best guess! Which path is the fastest? The answer lies in the math. The math reveals a very interesting shape in nature that pertains to any two points. Ready to see what the math reveals? BTW, A new field of mathematics known as the calculus of variations stemmed from this World famous problem. Dr. Bruce Denardo of the physics department at the Naval Postgraduate School demonstrates the brachistochrone problem, explains "What is a cycloid curve" and touches on the calculus of variations.
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