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Question 1 on the following page: http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~frolovs/Mechanics/PS10.pdf

It's the second part I'm stuck on ('Explain why the equations of motion do not...')

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I first found equations for x_1 'dot' and x_2 'dot' (using p = dL/dx'dot')

and rearranged to get L(x_i,p_i)

Then H(p,x) = p_1.x_1'dot' + p_2.x_2'dot' - L(x_i,p_i)

and Hamilton's equations of motion:

p_i 'dot' = -dH/dx_i

q_i 'dot' = dH/dp_i

I don't know how to solve the second part though. Is it dependent on my answers or is it something about equations of motion in general?

Thanks for any help!

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# Homework Help: Hamiltonian equations of motion question

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