# Catenary curve

## Description

In physics and geometry, a catenary is the curve that an idealized hanging chain or cable assumes under its own weight when supported only at its ends. The curve has a U-like shape, superficially similar in appearance to a parabola, but it is not a parabola; it is a (scaled, rotated) graph of the hyperbolic cosine. . All catenary curves are similar to each other, having eccentricity equal to √2. Changing the parameter “a” is equivalent to a uniform scaling of the curve.

Related formulas## Variables

y | Y-Coordinate of the curve's equation (dimensionless) |

a | Parameter (dimensionless) |

e | e |

x | X-coordinate of the curve's equation (dimensionless) |

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