# James Clerk Maxwell

*(13 June 1831 – 5 November 1879 / Edinburgh, Scotland)*

## James Clerk Maxwell Poems

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### 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 ...

**Read the full of A Problem In Dynamics**## 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.