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the curve theoretically assumed by a perfectly flexible and inextensible cord of uniform density and cross section hanging freely from two fixed points

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The catenary curve is viscerally satisfying and metaphorically rich, triggering thoughts of trajectories, lifelines, and the immutable laws of material existence.
Topped off in 1965 and dedicated in 1968, the Gateway Arch has the form of a catenary curve.
For those explicitly seeking math education, electronic screens scattered around the museum's two floors offer "More Math" lessons explaining underlying concepts such as why square-wheeled trikes require a track with bumps shaped like upside-down catenary curves.