Building an Analog Computer Bouncing Ball

It is kind of techy, but Eric Archer’s how to build a Bouncing Ball on an Analog Computer is an interesting read. Here is the end result:

Before digital computers came to dominate, analog computers were actually pretty commonly used to solve research, engineering, and business problems. These machines sprung up in the vacuum tube era, and acutally survived into the transistor era for some time. From time to time they pop up on ebay… the Comdyna GP-6 is probably most common. Clearly they have fallen out of vogue with the advent of digital computation, but can we still have fun with analog computers? Of course

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