Kinematics of Rigid Body Motion

For November's meeting, we'll go over topics from the first half of chapter 4 of Goldstein, on the Kinematics of Rigid Body Motion.  (Classical Mechanics by Herbert Goldstein, 2nd ed.)  Siddhartha will discuss Lagrange points (from the old 2-body problem of chap. 3), and Euler equations for the motion of a rigid body, to introduce us to chapter 4.  

Before the meeting I will circulate a link to Barry's written-out response to my question about the geometric meaning of the Euler-Lagrange equations -- to see if others think Barry has solved my puzzle, to the extent you believe it was a puzzle in the first place.

Note:  Studying rigid bodies will help give us a firm grounding in the matrix manipulations we'll need for quantum mechanics.  So it shouldn't be viewed as a parochial subject limited to the behavior of tops & frisbies.

This time let's get a drink after the meeting.  The LauchPad is surrounded by all sort of good places for that. 

- Matt

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  • Anna

    Sorry I had to run off before Barry was done...there was a work "emergency" that apparently could not be resolved without me. Hopefully I can catch up on what I missed next time.

    November 3, 2013

    • Matt S.

      Hope it was resolved with you. We'll probably stick w/ some more rotation stuff next time -- we still need to cover infinitesimal rotations, which are perhaps the most important piece.

      November 4, 2013

    • Anna

      Thanks :). More rotation stuff sounds good.

      November 4, 2013

  • Danyel L.

    lots of math

    November 4, 2013

  • Clément

    Unfortunately I have another meetup exactly at the same time... Hope to make it next time!

    November 2, 2013

  • Janu

    hope to make it

    November 2, 2013

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