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JulienB

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##T(\varphi) = 4\sqrt{\frac{l}{g}} \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \frac{d\xi}{\sqrt{1 - \sin^2 (\varphi_0/2) \sin^2 \xi}}##

which seems correct. But then I am asked: "Calculate T for small angles ##\varphi_0 << 1## until the second order in ##\varphi_0##" (translated from german but quite accurate I believe).

I am not sure how to interpret the question: do they want me to derive ##T = 2\pi \sqrt{\frac{l}{g}}## (but then I don't do anything in second order) or do they want me to expand the integral until second order, with the Legendre polynomial for example (but then I don't do any small angle approximation)?

For info, this problem takes place in the context of a course about advanced mechanics. We're between Lagrangian and Hamiltonian at the moment.

Thanks a lot in advance for your answers.Julien.