Hi! I tried to compute an ideal barbell-shaped object's dynamics, but my results were wrong. My Langrangian is: ## L = \frac{m}{2} ( \dot{x_1}^2 + \dot{x_2}^2 + \dot{y_1}^2 + \dot{y_2}^2 ) - U( x_1 , y_1 ) - U ( x_2 , y_2 ) ## And the constraint is: ## f = ( x_1 - x_2 )^2 + ( y_1 - y_2 )^2 - L^2 = 0 ## I dervated L + λf by ## x_1, x_2, y_1, y_2 ## and λ: ## m \ddot x = - \frac{\partial U}{\partial x_1 } + \lambda ( x_1 - x_2 ) ## (1) Four equtions similar to this and the constraint. Then I expressed ## \ddot x_2 , \ddot y_1 , \ddot y_2 ## with ## \ddot x_1 , x_1 , x_2 , y_1 , y_2 ## and U's partial derivates' local values: ## m \ddot x_2 + \frac{\partial U}{\partial x_2} = - m \ddot x_1 - \frac{\partial U}{\partial x_1} ## ## m \ddot y_2 + \frac{\partial U}{\partial y_2} = - m \ddot y_1 - \frac{\partial U}{\partial y_1} ## ## ( m \ddot y_1 + \frac{\partial U}{\partial y_1} )(x_1 - x_2) = (- m \ddot x_1 - \frac{\partial U}{\partial x_1})(y_1 - y_2) ## (2) After expressing ## (x_1 - x_2) , (y_1 - y_2) ## and ## \lambda ## from equation (1) and (2), substituted it into the constraint eqution I got an equation like this: ## (m \ddot x_1 + \frac{\partial U}{\partial x_1} ) * <something> = 0 ## I think it's wrong. Can you confirm or point on my mistake? Thanks :)
I don't know what a "barbell-shaped dynamics" is, but if in your problem in the plane with two points there is a constraint, the degrees of freedom are 3, not 4, so I would have written the Lagrangian as function of 3 independent generalized coordinates, for example x1, y1 and the angle between the line connecting the two points (P1 = (x1,y1); P2 = (x2,y2)) and the x axis.