13.3.2 Motions of Particles

The Newton-Euler model is described in terms of particles. Each particle is considered as a point that has an associated mass $ m$. Forces may act on any particle. The motion of a rigid body, covered in Section 13.3.3, is actually determined by modeling the body as a collection of particles that are stuck together. Therefore, it is helpful to first understand how particles behave.


Steven M LaValle 2012-04-20