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

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This curve has been found, by Bernoulli, Varignon, Maupertuis, and others, to be

the second cubical

uppermost, and the descending body must commence its motion in it with a ...

This curve has been found, by Bernoulli, Varignon, Maupertuis, and others, to be

the second cubical

**parabola**, so placed that its point of regression, or vertex, isuppermost, and the descending body must commence its motion in it with a ...

Page 61

... to be asymptotical, when they, thus continually approach indefinitely to a

coincidence : thus two

it is the common

general, ...

... to be asymptotical, when they, thus continually approach indefinitely to a

coincidence : thus two

**parabolas**, placed with ... the base; of the 4th order, whenit is the common

**parabola**, having its axis perpendicular to the base ; and, ingeneral, ...

Page 79

BAs E of a Conic Section, is a right line in the

the common intersection of the cutting plane and the base of the cone. Base, in

Surveying, is a line measured with the greatest possible exactness, on which a ...

BAs E of a Conic Section, is a right line in the

**parabola**and hyperbola, formed bythe common intersection of the cutting plane and the base of the cone. Base, in

Surveying, is a line measured with the greatest possible exactness, on which a ...

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BRANCH of a Curve, in Geometry, is a term used to denote certain parts of a

curve, which are infinitely extended without returning upon themselves; being

called also infinite branches : such are the legs of the

BRANCH of a Curve, in Geometry, is a term used to denote certain parts of a

curve, which are infinitely extended without returning upon themselves; being

called also infinite branches : such are the legs of the

**parabola**and hyperbola. Page 111

It is extremely difficult to determille, from computation, the elliplic orbit of a comet,

to any degree of accuracy: for when the orbit is very eccentric, a very small error

in the observation will change the computed orbit into a

It is extremely difficult to determille, from computation, the elliplic orbit of a comet,

to any degree of accuracy: for when the orbit is very eccentric, a very small error

in the observation will change the computed orbit into a

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