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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
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We apply projection operator techniques to the computation of the natural frequencies of oscillation for three symmetrically coupled mechanical systems. In each case, the rotation subgroup of the full symmetry group is used to determine the projection operators with the result that the Lagrangian must be expressed in terms of complex-valued coordinates. In the coordinate system obtained from the action of the projection operators upon the original coordinates, the Lagrangian yields equations of motion which are separated to the maximum extent made possible by symmetry considerations.
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