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ERIC Number: EJ829405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Hamilton's Principle for Beginners
Brun, J. L.
European Journal of Physics, v28 n3 p487-491 May 2007
I find that students have difficulty with Hamilton's principle, at least the first time they come into contact with it, and therefore it is worth designing some examples to help students grasp its complex meaning. This paper supplies the simplest example to consolidate the learning of the quoted principle: that of a free particle moving along a line. Next, students are challenged to add gravity to reinforce the argument and, finally, a two-dimensional motion in a vertical plane is considered. Furthermore these examples force us to be very clear about such an abstract principle. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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