**Configuration Space**

In classical mechanics, the parameters that define the configuration of a system are called *generalized coordinates,* and the vector space defined by these coordinates is called the **configuration space** of the physical system. It is often the case that these parameters satisfy mathematical constraints, which means that the set of actual configurations of the system is a manifold in the space of generalized coordinates. This manifold is called the **configuration manifold** of the system.

Read more about Configuration Space: Configuration Spaces in Mathematics

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