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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 1 (1978), Issue 2, Pages 245-253

Generalized Whittaker's equations for holonomic mechanical systems

Department of Mathematics, Government College, Lahore, Pakistan

Received 23 June 1977

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In this paper the classical theorem “a conservative holonomic dynamic system is invariantly connected with a certain differential form” is generalized to group variables. This general theorem is then used to reduce the order of a Hamiltonian system by the use of the integral of energy. Equations of motion of the reduced system so obtained are derived which are the so-called generalized Whittaker's equations. Finally an example is given as an application of the theory.