Jorge Cortés


Non-constant rank constraints
J. Cortés, M. de León, D. Martín de Diego, S. Martínez
Actas del VII Encuentro de Otoño de Geometría y Física, Medina del Campo, Spain, 1999, Publicaciones de la RSME, vol. 2 (2001), pp. 41-54


We study mechanical systems subject to constraint functions that can be dependent at some points and independent at the rest. Such systems are modelized by means of generalized codistributions. We discuss how the constraint force can transmit an impulse to the motion at some points and derive an explicit formula to obtain the ``post-impact'' momentum in terms of the ``pre-impact'' momentum.

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