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Hyperbolic Slot

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Swing the rod around the post. Will the rod pass through the curved slot?

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As you spin the rod around, the ends of the sloping rod are furthest from the axis. All of the in-between sections of rod move around in smaller circles. This means that the slot has to link points on circles of different sizes, so the slot itself has to be curved.

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