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written by Michael C. Wittmann and Bradley S. Ambrose
supported by the National Science Foundation
This set of tutorial materials explores the development and use of generalized coordinates and the Lagrangian in classical mechanics. Students explore the development and utility of using general coordinates to describe physical problems with constraints. They analyze a basic physics problem using a Newtonian notation, then using the Lagrangian, and then compare the two. This material includes a tutorial and example homework.
This is part of a large collection of similar tutorial materials in intermediate classical mechanics.
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Lagrangian Equation of Motion Homework
Homework questions connected to the Lagrangian Equation of Motion Tutorials.
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Published: February 4, 2010
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