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Closed form equations approximating the motion of a free undamped pendulum

  1. Aug 19, 2010 #1
    I am modelling a free damped simple pendulum and was wondering if anyone could refer me to a paper or perhaps provide me with an expression describing the motion of the pendlum with large initial amplitude. I have solved the equations numerically but am implementing an optimization routine and have been requested a closed form of the equations if possible to speed things up.

    I have described the undamped case using elliptic integrals and jacobi functions and was wondering if there is some extension on this to include damping.

    Any help much appreciated!
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