Lagrangian Equation

1. Sep 22, 2004

redraider96

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).

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2. Sep 22, 2004

sinyud

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