## Dictionary of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences, According to the Latest Improvements and Discoveries |

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pheric air, the whole mass will ascend as in the former case, and continue to rise

till it attains an

with itself. The idea of flying by means of wings and other contrivances, was ...

pheric air, the whole mass will ascend as in the former case, and continue to rise

till it attains an

**altitude**at which the surrounding air is of the same specific gravitywith itself. The idea of flying by means of wings and other contrivances, was ...

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its elevation above the plane of its base.

its vertex from its base, or the length of a perpendicular let fall from the vertex to ...

**ALTITUDE**, in Geometry, the third dimension of a body, considered with regard toits elevation above the plane of its base.

**ALTITUDE**of a Figure, is the distance ofits vertex from its base, or the length of a perpendicular let fall from the vertex to ...

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To measure accessible or inaccessible

tig. 2.) At any time when the sun shines, plant a rod ab perpendicularly at a, and

measure the length of its shadow, and, immediaately after, measure the shadow

...

To measure accessible or inaccessible

**Altitudes**by means of Shadows. (Plate I.tig. 2.) At any time when the sun shines, plant a rod ab perpendicularly at a, and

measure the length of its shadow, and, immediaately after, measure the shadow

...

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The distance f CA = , =#. at on a It is singular that the above methods for

inaccessible

with a ...

The distance f CA = , =#. at on a It is singular that the above methods for

inaccessible

**altitudes**and distance, being so ... Let AB be the object of which the**altitude**is required. maticians, soon after the experi At any convenient station C.with a ...

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So that the pressures, and consequently the densities, will decrease in

geometrical progression, as the

hence, calling the density at the surface equal to d”, and the several

3, &c. we ...

So that the pressures, and consequently the densities, will decrease in

geometrical progression, as the

**altitudes**increase in arithmetica progression;hence, calling the density at the surface equal to d”, and the several

**altitudes**1, 2,3, &c. we ...

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Page 456 - A sphere is a solid bounded by a curved surface, every point of which is equally distant from a point within called the center.

Page 524 - In higher works on trigonometry, it has been demonstrated that, in any triangle, the sines of the angles are proportional to the lengths of the sides opposite to them. In other words, sin A : sin B :: BC : AC; or, sin A : sin C:: BC : AB, and sin B : sin C::AC : A B. Hence, we have sin 44° 40' : sin 56° 20

Page 312 - A law presupposes an agent ; for it is only the mode, according to which an agent proceeds : it implies a power ; for it is the order, according to which that power acts. Without this agent, without this power, which are both distinct from itself, the law does nothing ; is nothing. The expression, ' the law of metallic nature...

Page 209 - ... winch, with as little labour as it takes to wind up a jack, though the weight of the iron, tin, and wooden circle, is about 1000 pounds.

Page 78 - In foul weather, when the mercury rises much and high, and so continues for two or three days before the foul weather is quite over, then expect a continuance of fair weather to follow.

Page 215 - Specific Gravity of a body is the relation of its weight, compared with the weight of some other body of the same magnitude. A body immersed in a fluid will sink if its specific gravity be greater than that of the fluid; but if it be less, the body will rise to the top, and will be only partly uncovered.

Page 490 - ... the object he views. There is no small speculum, but the magnifiers are applied immediately to the first focal image. From the opening of the telescope, near the place of the eye glass, a speaking-pipe runs down to the bottom of the tube, where it...

Page 412 - Multiply the numerators together for a new numerator, and the denominators together for a new denominator.

Page 467 - And in measuring any of these station-distances, mark accurately where these lines meet with any hedges, ditches, roads, lanes, paths, rivulets, &c ; and where any remarkable object is placed, by measuring its distance from the station-line ; and where a perpendicular From it cuts that line. And thus as you go along any main...

Page 15 - ... of the motion seemed to be from the upper part downwards. It appears also that they were in some danger of having the balloon burnt altogether; as the Marquis observed several round holes made by the fire in the lower part of it, which alarmed him considerably, and, indeed, not without reason.