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I'm trying to write a program (from scratch) to simulate a double inverted pendulum (a cart with 2 pendulums one on top of the other). The system is modelled with a system of 3 second order ODE's, which I need to solve numerically using Runge Kutta. I know how to solve a system of first order ODE's numerically but not a system of second order ODE's. The equations are shown in this paper (there's no point in me re-writing them here):

http://www.tf.uni-kiel.de/etech/ART/paper/2001/ieee_cca_isic_zhong.pdf [Broken]

(equations 4 to 6)

So can anyone tell me how to go about solving this initial value problem numerically? I have looked in many books but can only find examples of systems of first order equations and single second order equations.

Thanks

Peter Bone

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# Systems of second order ODE's

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