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Point of application of generalized forces of constraint

  1. Mar 25, 2015 #1

    gulfcoastfella

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    In Lagrangian Dynamics, I assume that generalized forces of constraint are applied at the location of the corresponding generalized coordinate. I don't recall seeing anything explicit about the point of application in the text.
     
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  3. Mar 25, 2015 #2

    Dale

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    Not necessarily. The generalized coordinates represent a configuration of the system, not a point in space. So there may not be any sense in which a force can be applied "at" a generalized coordinate.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2015 #3

    gulfcoastfella

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    Thank you.
     
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