Atwood Machine (top)

Atwood Machine (top)

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George Atwood, a mathematics tutor at Trinity College, Cambridge, described this type of instrument in 1784, explaining its use for verifying the laws of motion with constant acceleration. The Atwood machine soon became a common piece of classroom apparatus, suitable for teaching classical mechanics. This top of an Atwood machine came from the Department of Physics at the University of Virginia.
Ref: George Atwood, A Treatise on the Rectilinear Motion and Rotation of Bodies, with a Description of Original Experiments Relative to the Subject (Cambridge, 1784).
W. B. Rogers, Elements of Mechanical Philosophy, for the Use of Junior Students of the University of Virginia (Boston, 1852), pp. 121-123.
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Currently not on view
Object Name
demonstration apparatus
Measurements
overall: 14 1/4 in x 10 in; 36.195 cm x 25.4 cm
overall: 14 3/8 in x 9 3/4 in; 36.5125 cm x 24.765 cm
ID Number
PH.323387
catalog number
323387
accession number
251562
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National Museum of American History
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