Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Volume 2

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: be 20"' ll"l of time, and that of the British Consul's garden at F unchal, 1h 7'" 39' W. of Greenwich. Of the Efects of the Density of Air on the Rates of Chronometers. By George Harvey, F.R.S.E. 8, -c. Communicated by Davies Gilbert, Esq. V.P.R.S. Read May 13, 1824. Phil. Trans. 1824, p. 372. Among the sources of error to which chronometers are liable, the effect of the variable density of the medium in which the balance vibrates has been overlooked; the author therefore proposes to investigate the effects of diminished and increased pressure of transference from one to the other, and of the ordinary variations of atmospheric density upon the rates of chronometers. In respect to diminished pressure, he found that chronometers gained by being placed in air of less density than that of the ordinary state of the atmosphere, and that, on the other hand, they lost when subjected to air of greater than ordinary density. These experiments were made with a variety of chronometers, placed in the receiver of an air-pump, or in that of a condensing apparatus. In respect to the influence of ordinary changes in the density of the air, the author remarks that pocket chronometers are more readily affected than box chronometers, but that they all exhibit an increased rate under diminished density, and vice versd. The author shows that these changes in the rates, as observed in the air-pump and condensing apparatus, are independent of the changes of temperature, resulting from changes in the density of the air thus rapidly effected, and therefore proceeds to inquire into the actual cause of the changes which his experiments indicate; he refers them to an increase in the arc of vibration when the density is diminished, more

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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236909135
  • 9781236909138