James Clerk Maxwell
James Clerk Maxwell Poems
A Problem In Dynamics
An inextensible heavy chain
Lies on a smooth horizontal plane,
An impulsive force is applied at A,
Required the initial motion of K.
Let ds be the infinitesimal link,
Of which for the present we’ve only to think;
Let T be the tension, and T + dT
The same for the end that is nearest to B.
Let a be put, by a common convention,
For the angle at M ’twixt OX and the tension;
Let Vt and Vn be ds’s velocities,
Of which Vt along and Vn across it is;
Then Vn/Vt the tangent will equal,
Of the angle of starting worked out in the sequel.
In working the ...
In the buds, before they burst,
Leaves and flowers are moulded;
Closely pressed they lie at first,
Though no hope of change they felt,
Folded hard together,
Soon their sap begins to melt
In the warmer weather.