Lagrangian

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noun La·grang·ian \ lə-ˈgrän-jē-ən , -ˈgräⁿ-zhē- \

Definition of Lagrangian

:a function that describes the state of a dynamic system in terms of position coordinates and their time derivatives and that is equal to the difference between the potential energy and kinetic energy — compare hamiltonian

Origin and Etymology of lagrangian

Joseph-Louis Lagrange


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