does anyone remember law4kids
like this kids’ website that had these shitty webcomics and animations telling them all about DA LAW
i mean this shit was hilarious even by itself
BUT THEN PEOPLE STARTED MAKING PARODIES
AND THEY JUST KEPT COMING
This one was always my favorite:
This animation is about one of the most significant problems in the history of mathematics: the brachistochrone challenge.
If a ball is to roll down a ramp which connects two points, what must be the shape of the ramp’s curve be, such that the descent time is a minimum?
Intuition says that it should be a straight line. That would minimize the distance, but the minimum time happens when the ramp curve is the one shown: a cycloid.
Johann Bernoulli posed the problem to the mathematicians of Europe in 1696, and ultimately, several found the solution. However, a new branch of mathematics, calculus of variations, had to be invented to deal with such problems. Today, calculus of variations is vital in quantum mechanics and other fields.