# Lengthening pendulum

1. Oct 31, 2016

### dykuma

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

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
Working with equation 18.1 i found that

However, this obviously is not the equation in 18.3.
http://file.scirp.org/pdf/JAMP_2014031310562629.pdf

I have no clue where to go with this problem. Where is the 2 d theata / dl term coming from?

2. Oct 31, 2016

### TSny

Looks like you treated $l$ as a constant. But $l$ is a function of time.

3. Oct 31, 2016

### dykuma

Hmm. I was assuming that it was a constant before I made the substitution, I see the flaw in my logic there. So then I need to leave it in this form
But I am not familiar with how to treat L in this situation.

4. Oct 31, 2016

### TSny

In the expression $\frac{d}{dt} \left(l^2 \cdot \frac{d\theta}{dt} \right)$ it might help to replace the time derivatives with derivatives with respect to $l$ using your relation $\frac{d}{dt} = v \frac{d}{dl}$.