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By this means is obtained a curve of the tide in which the times are taken for abscisses and the heights of the sea for ordinates.
The abscisses represent the times, and the ordinates the amperes.
When we trace the curve of the tractive stresses in a boat thus constructed, by putting the speeds in abscisses and the tractive stresses in ordinates, we obtain a curve (Fig. 2) which shows that the same tractive stress applied to a boat may give it three different speeds, M, M ', and M' ', only two of which, M and M' ', are stable.