Multi-Pendulum simulation

Simulation of a multi-pendulum for any number of segments.
Updated 21 Nov 2016

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This tool simulates a multi-pendulum with an arbitrary number of segments, arbitrary system parameters and initial conditions. Results are shown as animation and as plots.
Equations of motion are derived from Euler-Lagrange equations. The multi pendulum is a beautiful example of how a simple physical system can produce unpredictable, chaotic behaviour. It's also a nice example of using Euler-Lagrange equations for mechanical problems.
In the gui, you can chose the number of segments, masses and lengths of the pendula. Initial conditions can be selected too.
When you start the gui, it will select a random configuration.
Click "solve" to run the simulation.
Click "animate" to show an animation of the results.
Click "plot" to generate plots of the results.
Tillmann Stübler, October 2016

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Tillmann Stübler (2024). Multi-Pendulum simulation (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2016b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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Version Published Release Notes

Matlab 2015 compatibility

acceleration of gravity was not considered before. some other minor changes.