Lagrangian Mechanics of Particles and Rigid Bodies

  • Chao-Cheng Wang
Part of the Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Science and Engineering book series (MCSENG, volume 16)


In classical mechanics the subject analytical dynamics is concerned with motions of particles and rigid bodies. These physical entities may be represented by mathematical models possessing only a finite number of degrees of freedom in their motions. In this chapter we develop the dynamical theory for certain special systems of particles and rigid bodies. The title Lagrangian mechanics is chosen because the governing equations of motion for such systems are known as Lagrange’s equations.


Rigid Body Inertial Frame Constraint Force Component Form Virtual Displacement 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chao-Cheng Wang
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  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA

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