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Interactive video lesson plan for: The Brachistochrone

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Links to sources and to learn more below!

Stan Wagon “Roads and Wheels” [PDF]:

3Blue1Brown video, “The Brachistochrone, with Steven Strogatz”:

Pile of people visualization originally from this Vsauce1 video:

Online spirograph:

The Brachistochrone


Refraction of light:

Feynman on The Principle of Least Time:

cycloid as answer to brachistochrone:

Music from:

Roulette animations by Eric Langlay

good relevant Wikipedia articles:'s_law

Wolfram demonstration projects used:

"Cycloid Curves" from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Contributed by: Sean Madsen
Additional contributions by: David von Seggern (U. Nevada, Reno)

"Shaping a Road and Finding the Corresponding Wheel" from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Contributed by: Stan Wagon (Macalester College)

Tagged under: michael stevens,adam savage,brachistochrone,curve,math,geometry,cycloid,roulette,rolling,brain candy live,tautochrone,maths,science,snell' law,light,refraction

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