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Coupled rolling motion: a student project in non-holonomic mechanics

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Year of publication 2009
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source European Journal of Physics
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Theoretical physics
Keywords non-holonomic mechanics; physics education
Description This paper presents an uriginam undergraduate student project in theoretical mechanics: a demonstration of theory and experiment agreement inspired by a recently theoretically treated mechanical problem of coupled rolling motion of two cylinders. The problem of a mechanical system subjected to non-holonomic constraints is theoretically and numerically solved. Subsequently, the solution is quantitatively verified by a simple and inexpensive experiment, originally proposed and constructed by the authors. Combining the theoretical description and computational procedures with an appropripate laboratory experiment gives students a more complex view of the physical problem as a whole.
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