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Water Parabolas

It’s not easy to see, but at the right is a picture of the famous water parabolas at the Detroit Airport.  The parabola certainly is a favorite among the fountain designer.  I wonder why?

Here is an unnecessarily artsy video of the water feature in action:


And check out my attempt to find the equation of this parabola using Geogebra.

Some surprising results!

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  1. dhc
    July 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

    The water appears to be solid, almost like a plastic tube.

    • July 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm

      Yeah, it looks like a solid, bent cylinder. Or maybe a twisted cylinder. I wonder what kind of device streams the water like that?

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