Consider a bead of mass m sliding without friction on a wire that is bent in the shape of a parabola and is being spun with constant angular velocity w about its vertical axis. Use cylindrical polar coordinates and let the equation of the parabola be z = kp2. Write down the Lagrangian in terms of p as the generalized coordinate. Find the equation of motion of the bead and determine whether there are positions of equilibrium, that is, values of p at which the bead can remain fixed, without sliding up or down the spinning wire. Discuss the stability of any equilibrium positions you find.
The Attempt at a Solution
I found the equation of motion using the lagrangian, which matched the answer in the back of the book. I just don't know how to use Lagrance to find equilibrium, and I've tried several things such as setting d2p/dt2=0 and d2U/dp2=0.
The equation of motion is: (g=accel. due to gravity)