Slide RulesIndex by Purpose
While many slide rules were made as general calculating instruments, for multiplying numbers and solving equations with squares, cubes, trigonometric functions, and logarithms, many others were made to ease the calculations associated with a specific task. Click on items in the list below to see rules in the collection with an identifiable specialized purpose. For comparison, a few illustrative examples of all-purpose slide rules are shown under the link to General Calculation.
"Slide Rules - Index by Purpose" showing 1 items.
- This white plastic circular slide rule is on a rectangular base that has a 4-inch ruler on the left side and a 10-cm ruler on the right. A black plastic tape attached along the top edge reads: MATLACK. The top of the base is marked: CONCISE (/) SCIENCE TABLES (/) AND CIRCULAR SLIDE RULE. The slide rule has a D scale along the outer rim. A rotating disc fastened with a metal grommet has C, CI, L, A, S, T, and K scales. There is a clear plastic rotating indicator, which is labeled in red with the letters for the scales. The bottom of the base is marked: BY SAMA & ETANI.
- The back of the instrument has a chart for converting temperatures from Celsius to Fahrenheit and a periodic table of the chemical elements. The bottom right corner of the back is marked: © 1968 CONCISE INTERNATIONAL CO. LTD. The left edge is marked: DESIGNED BY SAMA & ETANI, INC., GROTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01450, U.S.A. (/) MADE IN JAPAN BY CONCISE MODEL 600.
- A rectangular plastic card fits inside a slot in the base. The card provides various conversion tables for energy, power, the Greek alphabet, velocity, volume, mass, force, length, and area. This side of the card is printed so that the card can be pushed out halfway from either side of the base, and the printed tables will appear right-side-up. The back of the card has tables for gas constant values and pressure, along with lists of mathematical formulas and chemical and physical data. One edge of the card is marked: ©1968 CONCISE INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD. INSERT - ST.
- The instrument fits in a rectangular black plastic case. There is no instruction manual, but the instrument likely was originally accompanied by a copy of: Sama & Etani, Reference Tables and Circular Slide Rule (Groton, Mass., 1969), http://sliderulemuseum.com/Manuals/M219_refC36_Concise_SamaEtani_ReferenceTables.pdf.
- The donor, Glenn Matlack, purchased this slide rule in the fall of 1968 for his junior high school general science course at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Del. Sama & Etani designed and distributed several slide rules made by Concise. For other slide rules by Concise and the company history, see 1985.0636.02, 1996.0141.01, and 2003.0012.01.
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center