A Simple Description of the Motion of a Spherical Pendulum

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K. F. Johansen, T. R. Kane

Department of Applied Mechanics, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 36(3), 408-411 (Sep 01, 1969) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3564693 History: Received January 27, 1969; Online September 14, 2011


Hamilton-Jacobi theory is used to obtain an approximate solution of the equations of motion of a spherical pendulum. By reference to this solution, the motion is then described in simple geometric terms.

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