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A One Hamiltonian formalism query - source is Goldstein's book

  1. Apr 6, 2017 #1
    In 3rd edition of Goldstein's "Classical Mechanics" book, page 335, section 8.1, it is mentioned that :

    In Hamiltonian formulation, there can be no constraint equations among the co-ordinates.

    Why is this necessary ? Any simple example which will elaborate this fact ?

    But in Lagrangian formulation, there can be constraint equations. Then why not in Hamiltonian formulation ?
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 6, 2017 #2
    Actually you can make Legendre transformation for the Lagrange equations with constraints and obtain Hamiltonian-type equations with constraints. No problem
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2017
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