Blackboard Drawing Instrument, Curve, Hyperbola and Ellipse

Blackboard Drawing Instrument, Curve, Hyperbola and Ellipse

Description
This flat wooden blackboard curve has a handle held vertically by screws. A mark on the top edge reads: ELLIPSE. Three marks along that edge indicate endpoints of axes of the ellipse. A mark on the bottom edge reads: HYPERBOLA. A mark at the center of the bottom edge indicates the turning point of the hyperbola. A hole on the right side allows one to suspend the instrument.
Compare 1982.0795.36, which has a similar handle and general construction.
The instrument came to the Smithsonian from the Mathematics Department of the University of Michigan in 1964.
Reference:
Accession File.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Curve
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2.5 cm x 43.3 cm x 25 cm; 31/32 in x 17 1/16 in x 9 27/32 in
ID Number
1982.0795.37
accession number
1982.0795
catalog number
1982.0795.37
Credit Line
Gift of the Department of Mathematics, The University of Michigan
subject
Mathematics
Drawing Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Curves
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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