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Some Further Remarks on Hamilton’s Principle

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Firdaus E. Udwadia

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, 430 K Olin Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90089

George Leitmann

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720

Hancheol Cho

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089

J. Appl. Mech 78(1), 011014 (Oct 22, 2010) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4002435 History: Received March 08, 2010; Revised July 27, 2010; Posted August 24, 2010; Published October 22, 2010; Online October 22, 2010

This paper deals with the inverse problem of finding a suitable integrand so that upon the use of the calculus of variations, one obtains the equations of motion for systems in which the forces are nonpotential. New extensions and generalizations of previous results are obtained.

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