Math Photo: Hyperbolic Canopy

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Application of a Hyperbolic Parboloid

The geometry of a hyperbolic paraboloid makes it a good choice for a canopy.  The posts of different heights create a natural path for rainwater to flow off the tarp, eliminating the chance of standing water collecting in puddles on top.

hyperbolic paraboloid tent 2

Except maybe for a single drop at the saddle point!

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