Modern Dynamical Methods

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A DYNAMICAL system is said to possess a given number of degrees of freedom, when it is capable of assuming the same number of independent positions. The position of the system, in any possible configuration, is capable of being determined by a definite number of independent quantities, which are equal to the number of degrees of freedom of the system. These quantities are called the co-ordinates of the system.

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BASSET, A. Modern Dynamical Methods. Nature 46, 516–517 (1892) doi:10.1038/046516a0

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