Galileo's Inclined Plane Experiment
Branch of study: mechanics
Inventor: Galileo, around 1638
Galileo's inclined plane is a wooden beam of approximately 6,7m length the top of which has a hemicircular vellum-bound notch. The vellum is used in order to reduce friction for a ball running along the notch.
Strings are clamped above the notch to reproduce the positions of equitemporal running distances of the ball. The ball touches the strings while passing underneath them producing a sound. If the distances are chosen in a proper manner, one can hear a sequence of sounds with a constant frequency. The respective distances between the strings can be correlated with the square values of the running times.