Catenary vs Parabola

This has come up enough in classes that I wanted to make a sketch to investigate it. How closely related are catenaries and parabolas? Are they distinct enough that you could detect it in architecture?

 

John Golden

 
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algebra  bridge  catenary  exploration  functions  graph  parabola 
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15 – 18
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English (United States)
 
 
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