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Lagrange's method under external force

  1. May 30, 2012 #1
    Let us suppose that I have an isolated box which contains some masses connected with springs etc.

    When this box is stationary in the inertial frame, I can use lagrange's method to solve all coordinates related with the masses and springs without any problem.

    However, let us also suppose that I started to move this box such that one fixed point on the box has a known acceleration (a) and a known rotation rate (w).

    Under this condition, is there anyway to use Lagrange's formulation to compute the coordinates of masses and springs inside the box as a function of (a) and (w)?
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