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Solve non-dimensionalized spring pendulum system on python

  1. Dec 4, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm supposed to solve the spring pendulum numerically on python 2.7, using odeint. The system is supposed to solved for the y -direction and the x-direction in terms of time. In class we did this for pendulum DE, but that only had x as the dependent variable, this system has two.

    2. Relevant equations
    These are the non-dimensionalized De's I get
    [itex]\frac{d^{2}Y}{d\tau^{2}} = -1+\frac{(1-Y)}{\sigma}-\frac{(1-\sigma)(1-Y)}{\sigma\sqrt{X^{2}+(1-Y)^{2}}}[/itex]

    Where σ is the non-dimensional parameter

    3. The attempt at a solution
    def rhs(xvector,t):


    return [x1dot,x2dot,x3dot,x4dot]

    This is the beginning of the code, but I don't know how to include the y vector into this function?
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2013
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