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This is what I came up with for the conservative system: [tex]x[/tex] is the position of the cart, and [tex]\theta[/tex] is the angular position of the pendulum, with zero being straight up (vertical) from the cart. The cart has mass [tex]m_{c}[/tex] and the pendulum has mass [tex]m_{p}[/tex] and length [tex]l[/tex]. The below equation is a combination of the equations for both generalized coordinates.

[tex]\stackrel{..}{x}(m_{c} + m_{p} - cos(\theta)) + \stackrel{..}{\theta}(m_{p}l cos(\theta) - l/4) + sin(\theta)(g/2 - m_{p}l\stackrel{.}{\theta}^{2})=0[/tex]

My gut feeling is that I cannot simply add [tex]B_{c} \stackrel{.}{x} + B_{p} \stackrel{.}{\theta}[/tex] to the left hand side and set the equation equal to [tex]F(t)[/tex]... Am I wrong?

Thanks for your help!

-Kerry