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Lagrangian Equation

  1. Sep 22, 2004 #1
    What is the Lagrangian L=T-V for a conical pendulum? This is a pendulum with length l and bob mass m that rotates in a horizontal circle with theta (angle l makes with z axis) and phi(dot) (angular velocity-omega) are constant (cylindrical coordinate system).
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2004
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  3. Sep 22, 2004 #2
    L =1/2 I w^2 - mgy

    I is the moment of inertia
    and w is the angular frequency w =d(theta)/dt and y =r sin(theta)

    cos could be sin depending where you take your angle. and r is the distance from the fulcrum to the center of mass of the cone.
    This doesn't include spin motion, and assumes the motion is two dimensional. If the motion were three dimensional and there was spin, you could get some precesional effects.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2004
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