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Lagrange for Rod/nail swinging from horizontal plane

  1. Mar 11, 2015 #1

    I need to figure out the Lagrange Equation for a rod or nail swinging from a horizontal plane. The thing is, that while it is swinging back and forth, the while nail is moving along the X axis as well. I was thinking to use 1/2mv^2+(1/2)Iø^2 . Any help would be appreciated!!

  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 11, 2015 #2
    Your description does not make clear what the system is. A figure would really help a lot.

    Your words suggest that you are neglecting some aspect of the kinematics. This is a common, but entirely fatal, error.
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