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Sliding Ladder, Ellipse

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####Sliding/Falling Ladder

The sliding ladder is a classic problem in school mathematics. Depending on the location of the person, the falling trajectory is either an ellipse or a circle (a circle is a special case of an ellipse, of course). Three pencil holes are made on the ladder (1/4, 1/2, 3/4) for tracing part of the curves.

Two designs are provided. The circular sliders can be printed together with the rails. After some physical modeling, one should attempt a proof. Here are some basics: (1) the ladder has a fixed length; (2) right triangles are interesting (the Pythagorean Theorem); and (3) there are a bunch of similar triangles in the background. Have fun!



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    • Ladder_Falling_Ver_A.stl
    • Ladder_Falling_Ver_B.stl

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  • Publication date: 2018/08/16 at 15:30





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