The Lagrangian formulation possesses an inherent symmetry that allows for an immediate reduction to canonical form, where the canonical variables often contain the essence of the solution. In other words, certain physically important integrals of motion are directly available when the system is in canonical form, but their construction is not so obvious when the equations of motion are in some other form.

Lecture L20 - Energy Methods: Lagrange’s Equations The motion of particles and rigid bodies is governed by Newton’s law. In this section, we will derive an alternate approach, placing Newton’s law into a form particularly convenient for multiple degree of freedom systems or systems in complex coordinate systems. Just as in the total Lagrangian formulation, the equation of the principle of virtual work in the updated Lagrangian formulation is, of course, a very complicated equation and highly nonlinear in the incremental displacement. And we somehow have to linearize.

The Lagrangian •In classical mechanics, the Lagrangian has a simple definition: L = T – V •In field theory, the Lagrangian Density is defined similarly. For example, a free, classical electromagnetic field has L = FuvF uv Lagrangian mechanics is widely used to solve mechanical problems in physics and when Newton's formulation of classical mechanics is not convenient. Lagrangian mechanics applies to the dynamics of particles, while fields are described using a Lagrangian density. Lagrange's equations are also used in optimization problems of dynamic systems. As examples, in Lagrangian mechanics the equations of motion are derived by finding stationary points of the action, the time integral of the difference between kinetic and potential energy.

Lagrangian mechanics is widely used to solve mechanical problems in physics and when Newton's formulation of classical mechanics is not convenient. Lagrangian mechanics applies to the dynamics of particles, while fields are described using a Lagrangian density. Lagrange's equations are also used in optimization problems of dynamic systems.the equations. In general, the safest method for solving a problem is to use the Lagrangian method and then double-check things with F = ma and/or ¿ = dL=dt if you can. | At this point it seems to be personal preference, and all academic, whether you use the Lagrangian method or the F = ma method. The two methods produce the same equations. Whereas the Newtonian formulation requires explicit rewriting of its laws in order to deal with arbitrary coordinate systems, the Lagrangian formulation (which is, if I recall correctly, slightly weaker than the original Newtonian formulation) in turn, allows us to deal with arbitrary coordinate systems on spaces which suit our problem. Just as in the total Lagrangian formulation, the equation of the principle of virtual work in the updated Lagrangian formulation is, of course, a very complicated equation and highly nonlinear in the incremental displacement. And we somehow have to linearize. Whereas the Newtonian formulation requires explicit rewriting of its laws in order to deal with arbitrary coordinate systems, the Lagrangian formulation (which is, if I recall correctly, slightly weaker than the original Newtonian formulation) in turn, allows us to deal with arbitrary coordinate systems on spaces which suit our problem.