Blackboard Drawing Instrument, Curve, Parabola

Blackboard Drawing Instrument, Curve, Parabola

This flat wooden blackboard curve has a handle held horizontally by screws. The top edge is a parabola, the base is straight. Both the turning point at the top of the parabola and the midpoint of the base are marked. A hole at the center toward the top allows one to suspend the instrument.
Compare 1982.0795.37, 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.
Accession File.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 3 cm x 34.5 cm x 39.4 cm; 1 3/16 in x 13 19/32 in x 15 1/2 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of the Department of Mathematics, The University of Michigan
Drawing Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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