Lagrangian- what potential?

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    There is a joint system of rods and masses.We need to set up Lagrangian.

    2. Relevant equations

    L= T-V , T = Kinetic energy , V = Potential energy

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Hey what should we take as the zero of potential. So does the Lagrangian depend on the zero of potential?
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  3. gabbagabbahey

    gabbagabbahey 5,013
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    You can take any point you like as the zero potential point...Your Lagrangian will of course depend on which point you choose, but since the equations of motion only involve derivatives of the Lagrangian ,and not the Lagrangian itself, the physics will be independent of your choice.
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