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A lot of Internet sources get wrong the treatment of a variable mass system. Not Wikipedia:Pikkugnome said:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable-mass_system

Lagrangian mechanics is a reformulation of classical mechanics introduced by Joseph-Louis Lagrange in 1788. It describes the dynamics of a system in terms of a function called the Lagrangian, which is the difference between the kinetic and potential energies of the system. This method is particularly powerful for dealing with complex systems and constraints.

Yes, Lagrangian mechanics can handle variable mass systems, but it requires careful formulation. The standard Lagrangian approach assumes a fixed mass; however, for variable mass systems, additional terms and constraints must be included to account for the changing mass. This often involves using generalized coordinates and forces to properly describe the system.

To formulate the Lagrangian for a variable mass system, you need to include the mass as a function of time or another parameter within the Lagrangian. The kinetic energy term must be modified to reflect the changing mass, and additional terms may be needed to account for the forces associated with mass change, such as thrust in a rocket.

Examples of variable mass systems include rockets expelling fuel, sand pouring out of a container, and vehicles losing parts during motion. In these cases, the mass of the system decreases over time, and the Lagrangian must be adjusted to account for the changing mass and the forces involved in the mass transfer process.

The main challenges in using Lagrangian mechanics for variable mass systems include correctly accounting for the mass variation and the associated forces. This often requires a more complex formulation and additional terms in the Lagrangian. Ensuring that the principles of conservation of momentum and energy are maintained can also be challenging.

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