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Unformatted text preview: had to be pinpoint accurate because a one degree longitude error is approximately a seventy mile difference from the actual position. At this time, people had simple pendulum clocks which were not really accurate since the period of each oscillation is different. An engineer named Huygens solved this problem when he found a way to synchronize the pendulums. He conducted a process in which the amplitude of the pendulum would not affect the period of the oscillation. In 1769, James Watt invented the steam engine flyball governor which helped solve the problem with maintaining a constant speed of an engine. He developed a rotary engine that was powered by a piston. His innovation of the steam engine revolutionized the way people used automobiles....
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This note was uploaded on 08/22/2010 for the course EME 61671 taught by Professor Christinadavis during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.
- Fall '08