Atwood's machine

noun
At·​wood's machine | \ ˈat‧ˌwu̇dz- \

Definition of Atwood's machine

: an apparatus for demonstrating the laws of accelerated motion by means of a light nearly frictionless pulley wheel over which passes a thread having at its ends fairly heavy masses whose slight difference in weight is the cause of the acceleration

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History and Etymology for Atwood's machine

after George Atwood †1807 English mathematician, its inventor

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“Atwood's machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Atwood%27s%20machine. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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