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Homework Help: The invariance of Lagrange's equations with a given time

  1. Sep 21, 2010 #1
    The invariance of Lagrange's equations with a given "time"

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What is the change in the Lagrangian in order that the Lagrangian equations of motion retain their form under the transformation to new coordinates and "time" give by:

    q = q(Q, [tex]\tau[/tex])
    t = t(Q, [tex]\tau[/tex])


    2. Relevant equations
    The Lagrange equations of motion.

    *That tau is not supposed to be a superscript of anything. I tried to write the LaTex code myself and it didn't work. It's just supposed to be regular lower case tau.


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have shown that the Lagrange equations of motion are invariant under a coordinate transformation of the same time, but I can't get this one to workout because I don't know how far I need to take the partials.
     
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  3. Sep 21, 2010 #2

    diazona

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    Re: The invariance of Lagrange's equations with a given "time"

    Your LaTeX seems fine to me...

    I'm not sure I entirely understand what you're asking. Can you post some of your work, specifically the part where you ran into problems?
     
  4. Sep 21, 2010 #3
    Re: The invariance of Lagrange's equations with a given "time"

    It has been shown that for q = q(Q, t), the lagrangian transforms invariantly. You assume a good transformation to Q = Q(q, t). You go through the formalism and bam, the form of the lagrangian equations of motion are the same in the Q frame and the q frame.

    The difference here is that now we have q = q(Q, [tex]\tau[/tex]) and t = t(Q, [tex]\tau[/tex]). So you have to go through the same formalism in switching to Q = Q(q, t) and[tex]\tau[/tex] =[tex]\tau[/tex](q, t). Does that help? You now have to consider partial derivatives of q wrt t and q wrt [tex]\tau[/tex] etc.
     
  5. Sep 22, 2010 #4

    diazona

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    Re: The invariance of Lagrange's equations with a given "time"

    I understand what the question is asking for, but I'm still not clear on exactly what problem you're having. It would really help if you post the part of your work where you're having trouble.
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2010
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