Atwood's machine

noun

At·​wood's machine
ˈat‧ˌwu̇dz-
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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 23 Jun. 2024.

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