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I have to create a simulation of the pendulum shown in the .pdf at the bottom of the page. The 3 rods are free to rotate around their pivots in a plane. The two edge rods are connected as close to their edges as possible. There is no friction.

Unfortunately my equations of motion are spitting out the wrong results when it comes to computation. Something has gone wrong in my manipulations.

I don't expect anyone to go through all of the algebra looking for the mistake(s) (I've spent hours and still can't find it)

I would like to know if there is anyway of setting up my generalised co-ordinates or any other changes I can make at the beginning so that I don't end up with the lengthy and tough to follow equations on page 7-8, and the horrendous equations of motion on page 9. (They hardly fit!)

Note: I need my equations it in terms of the accelerations for the computational aspect, that's why you see the horrible terms at the end. I haven't simplified them because as they stand they are wrong(you really don't need to try make sense of these last few pages unless you have lots of time to waste). Also you may find me substituting numerical specifications in. These just come from the specs of the assignment. I don't introduce them anywhere. There is also a few things I need to fix like calling them "rods" when they are not in fact rods.I also haven't formalised and made clear the last couple of steps in the paper. Bear with me with that.(As I said though, you really don't need to bother looking at these parts!)

Here is my work:

http://myfreefilehosting.com/f/931c205ace_0.41MB

Thanks in advance.

Unfortunately my equations of motion are spitting out the wrong results when it comes to computation. Something has gone wrong in my manipulations.

I don't expect anyone to go through all of the algebra looking for the mistake(s) (I've spent hours and still can't find it)

I would like to know if there is anyway of setting up my generalised co-ordinates or any other changes I can make at the beginning so that I don't end up with the lengthy and tough to follow equations on page 7-8, and the horrendous equations of motion on page 9. (They hardly fit!)

Note: I need my equations it in terms of the accelerations for the computational aspect, that's why you see the horrible terms at the end. I haven't simplified them because as they stand they are wrong(you really don't need to try make sense of these last few pages unless you have lots of time to waste). Also you may find me substituting numerical specifications in. These just come from the specs of the assignment. I don't introduce them anywhere. There is also a few things I need to fix like calling them "rods" when they are not in fact rods.I also haven't formalised and made clear the last couple of steps in the paper. Bear with me with that.(As I said though, you really don't need to bother looking at these parts!)

Here is my work:

http://myfreefilehosting.com/f/931c205ace_0.41MB

Thanks in advance.

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