Further Application — The Catenary Problem

So, we derived the Euler-Bernoulli Beam equation, and solved some beam bending problems, but in the process we developed some general tools, so we really should try to use them for more things, if possible.

We’ll start with the catenary problem.  Catenary comes from the latin word for chain.  A chain is hanging from two fixed points.  What shape does it take?

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