Equant

Equant (or punctum aequans) is a mathematical concept developed by Claudius Ptolemy in the 2nd century AD to account for the observed motion of the planets. The equant is used to explain the observed speed change in planetary orbit during different stages of the orbit. This planetary concept allowed Ptolemy to keep the theory of uniform circular m...
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equant

Synonym of equidimensional
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Equant

• (n.) A circle around whose circumference a planet or the center of ann epicycle was conceived to move uniformly; -- called also eccentric equator.
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equant

(from the article `Ptolemaic system`) ...when at perigee. Ptolemy enhanced the effect of eccentricity by making the epicycle`s centre sweep out equal angles along the deferent in equal ... ...three mechanisms: uniformly revolving, off-centre circles called eccentrics; epicycles, little circles whose centres moved uniformly on the ... ...
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Equant

E'quant noun [ Latin aequans , -antis , present participle of aequare : confer French équant . See Equate .] (Ptolemaic Astron.) A circle around whose circumference a planet or the center of ann epicycle was conceived to move uniformly; -- called also ecc...
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