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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Full text of ” Lagrangian Dynamics D. Printed in the United States of America. ISBN 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 SH SH 7 5 4 3 2 1 0 6 9 Preface The Lagrangian method of dynamics is applicable to a very extensive field of particle and rigid body problems, ranging from the simplest to those of great complexity.

The advantages of this procedure over conventional methods are, for reasons which follow, of outstanding importance. This is true not only in the broad field of applications but also in a wide area of research and theoretical considerations.

To a large extent the Lagrangian method reduces the entire field of statics, particle dynamics and rigid body dynamics to a single procedure: Hence special methods are replaced by a single general method. Generalized coordinates of a wide variety may be used. That is, Lagrange’s equations are valid in any coordinates inertial or dynamisc combination of inertial and non-inertial which are suitable for. They give directly the equa- tions of motion in whatever coordinates may be chosen.

It is not a matter of first intro- ducing formal vector methods and then translating to desired coordinates. Forces of constraint, for smooth holonomic constraints, are automatically eliminated and do not appear in the Lagrangian equations. By conventional methods the elimination of these forces may present formidable difficulties. The Lagrangian procedure is largely based on the scalar quantities: Each of these can be expressed, usually without difficulty, in any suitable coordinates.

Of course the vector nature of force, velocity, acceleration, etc. However, Lagrange’s equations, based on the above scalar quantities, automatically and without recourse to formal schaumm methods take full account of these vector quantities.

Fortunately the basic ideas involved in the derivation of Lagrange’s equations are simple and easy to understand. When presented without academic trimmings and unfamil- iar terminology, the only difficulties encountered by the average student usually arise from deficiencies in background training.

The application of Lagrange’s equations to actual problems is remarkably simple even for systems which may be quite complex. Except for very elementary problems, the procedure is in general much simpler and less time consum- ing than the “concise”, “elegant” or special methods found in many current texts.

More- over, details dynqmics the physics involved are made to stand out in full view. Finally it should be mentioned that the Lagrangian method is applicable to various fields other than dynamics.

It is especially useful, for example, in the treatment of electro- mechanical sytems. This book aims to make clear the basic principles of Lagrangian dynamics and to give the reader ample training in the lagrangina techniques, physical and mathematical, of applying Lagrange’s equations.

The material covered also lays the foundation for a later study of those topics which bridge the gap between classical and quantum mechanics.

The method of presentation as well as the examples, problems and suggested experiments lagtangian been developed over the years while teaching Lagrangian dynamics to students at the University of Cincinnati. No attempt has been made to include every phase of this broad subject.

Relatively little space is given to the solution of differential equations of motion. Formal vector methods are not stressed; they are mentioned in only a few sections. However, for reasons dynmics in Chapter 18, the most important vector and tensor quantities which occur in the book are listed there in appropriate formal notation. The suggested experiments outlined at the ends of various chapters can be of real value.


Formal mathematical treatments are of course necessary. Lagrsngian nothing arouses more in- terest or gives more “reality” to dynamics than an actual experiment in which the results check well with computed values.

The book is directed to seniors and first year graduate students of physics, engineering, chemistry and applied mathematics, and to those dynamica scientists and engineers who wish to become familiar with the powerful Lagrangian methods through self -study. It is designed for use either as a textbook for a formal course or as a supplement to all current texts. The author wishes to express his gratitude to Dr. Solomon Schwebel for valuable sug- gestions and critical review of parts of the echaum, to Mr.

Chester Carpenter for review- ing Chapter 18, to Mr. Wagner for able assistance in checking examples and problems, to Mr. Lester Sollman for their superb work of typing the manuscript, and to Mr.

Daniel Schaum, the publisher, for his continued interest, encouragement and unexcelled cooperation. Degrees of freedom 15 2.

No moving schaaum or moving constraints 39 3. Generalized frictional forces 6. Principal axes and their directions 7. To find corresponding quantities referred to any parallel system of axes 7.

To find corresponding quantities relative to any other parallel frame scgaum. Body moving in any manner 8. Geocentric and geographic latitude and radius. Frame of reference attached to earth’s surface The appropriate Lagrangian; determination of generalized forces The Hamiltonian and Hamiltonian equations of motion Conditions under which valid. Two principal types of problems and their general treatment. The greatest obstacles encountered dynammics the average student in his quest lagranglan an under- standing of Lagrangian dynamics usually arise, not from intrinsic difficulties of the subject matter itself, but instead from certain deficiencies in a rather broad area of back- ground material.

With the hope of removing these obstacles, Chapters 1 and 2 are devoted to detailed treatments of those prerequisites with which students are most sschaum quently unacquainted and which are not readily available in a related unit.

Newton’s three laws involving, of course, the classical concepts of mass, length, time, force, and the rules of geometry, algebra and calculus together with the concept of virtual work, may be regarded as the foundation on which all considerations of classical mechanics that field in which conditions C,D,E of Section 1. However, it is well to realize from the beginning that the basic laws of dynamics can be formulated expressed mathematically in several ways other than that given by Newton.

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The most important of these each to be treated later are referred to as a D’Alembert’s principle c Hamilton’s equations b Lagrange’s equations d Hamilton’s principle All are basically equivalent. Starting, for example, with Newton’s laws and the principle of virtual work see Section 2. Hence any of these five formulations may be taken as the basis for theoretical developments and the solution of problems. Whether one or another of the above five is employed depends on the job to be done. For example, Newton’s equations are convenient for the treatment of many simple problems; Hamilton’s principle is of importance in many theoretical considerations.

Hamilton’s equations have been useful in certain applied fields as well as in the development of quantum mechanics. However, as a means of treating a wide range of problems theoretical as well as dynamiccs involving mechanical, electrical, electro-mechanical and other systems, the Lagrangian method is outstandingly powerful and remarkably simple to apply.


The “basic laws” of dynamics are merely statements of a wide range of experience. They cannot be obtained by logic or mathematical manipulations alone. Scham the final analysis the rules of the game are founded on careful experimentation.

For example, we cannot “explain” why Newton’s laws are valid. We can only say that they represent a compact statement of past experience regarding the behavior of a wide variety of mechanical systems.

The formulations of D’Alembert, Lagrange and Hamilton express the same, each in its own particular way. The quantities, length, mass, time, force, etc.

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Most of us tend to view them and use them with a feeling of confidence and understanding. However, many lagrahgian questions have scahum over the years with regard to the scyaum concepts involved and the fundamental nature of the quantities employed.

A treatment of such matters is out of lagramgian here, but the serious student will profit from the discussions of Bridgman and others on this subject 1. In component form 1. Lagrngian shall proceed to discuss the conditions under which they are valid. Now, it is a fact of experience that Newton’s second law expressed in the simple form of 1.

In this case its kinetic energy of rotation about any axis through it may be neglected. But this definition does not tell the engineer or applied scientist where such a frame is to be found or whether certain specific coordinates are inertial. This information is, however, supplied by the fixed-stars definition. Of course it should be recognized that extremely accurate measurements might well prove the “fixed-star” frame lagranggian be slightly non-inertial.

Nevertheless, the acceleration of this frame is so slight that for many but by no means all purposes it may be regarded as inertial.

A non-rotating frame axes pointing always toward the same fixed stars with origin attached to the center of the earth is more nearly inertial. Non- rotating axes with origin fixed to the center of the sun constitutes an excellent though perhaps not “perfect” inertial frame.

Cognizance of this should become automatic in our thinking because, basically, the treatment of every problem begins with the consideration of an inertial frame. One must be able to recognise inertial lagranguan non-inertial frames by inspection. The above statements, however, do not imply that non-inertial coordinates cannot be used. On the contrary, as will soon be evident, they are employed perhaps just as frequently as inertial. How Newton’s second law equations can be written for non-inertial coordinates will lagrrangian seen from examples which follow.

As shown in Chapters 3 and 4, the Lagrangian equations after having written kinetic energy in the proper form give correct equations of motion in inertial, non-inertial or mixed coordinates.

Clearly the y 2 coordinate is inertial since 2 and 6 have the same form. Equation 5 is a simple example of Newton’s second law equation schauj terms of a non-inertial coordinate.

If the man pitches a ball, Fig. The man will have difficulty standing on the scales, regardless of where they are placed, because his total “weight” is now changing with time both in magnitude and direction. We shall now obtain corresponding equations in the rotating and as will oe seen, non-inertial coordinates. From this example it should be evident that any rotating frame is non-inertial.