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Rayleigh Dissipative Function

  1. Apr 18, 2003 #1
    Physics people,

    what is the theory behind the Rayleigh Dissipative Function? could you kindly give me some website which could help me understand this?
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  3. Apr 20, 2003 #2


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    All I remember is that you use Rayleigh dissipation function to introduce dissipative (non-conservative) effects like friction, electric resistance etc. into Lagrangian mechanics. The only reference I can give you offhand is Goldstein's Classical Mechanics.

  4. Apr 20, 2003 #3

    thank you very much for the information... :) i'm now reading the goldstein's classical mechanics..
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