In most problems of particle mechanics, the motion of the particles is “constrained” in some way. This is the term used to denote the condition that some motions or configurations are not admitted. One has, in fact, the rarely verbalized theorem:

In a system of two or more particles, unconstrained motion does not exist.


Constraint Equation Configuration Space Tangent Plane Event Space Nonholonomic Constraint 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhardt M. Rosenberg
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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