Author | Brunt, Bruce van. author |
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Title | The Calculus of Variations [electronic resource] / by Bruce van Brunt |

Imprint | New York, NY : Springer New York, 2004 |

Connect to | http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/b97436 |

Descript | XIV, 292 p. online resource |

SUMMARY

Thecalculusofvariationshasalonghistoryofinteractionwithotherbranches of mathematics such as geometry and di?erential equations, and with physics, particularly mechanics. More recently, the calculus of variations has found applicationsinother?eldssuchaseconomicsandelectricalengineering. Much of the mathematics underlying control theory, for instance, can be regarded as part of the calculus of variations. This book is an introduction to the calculus of variations for mathema- cians and scientists. The reader interested primarily in mathematics will ?nd results of interest in geometry and di?erential equations. I have paused at times to develop the proofs of some of these results, and discuss brie?y v- ious topics not normally found in an introductory book on this subject such as the existence and uniqueness of solutions to boundary-value problems, the inverse problem, and Morse theory. I have made "passive use" of functional analysis (in particular normed vector spaces) to place certain results in c- text and reassure the mathematician that a suitable framework is available for a more rigorous study. For the reader interested mainly in techniques and applications of the calculus of variations, I leavened the book with num- ous examples mostly from physics. In addition, topics such as Hamilton's Principle, eigenvalue approximations, conservation laws, and nonholonomic constraints in mechanics are discussed. More importantly, the book is written on two levels. The technical details for many of the results can be skipped on the initial reading. The student can thus learn the main results in each chapter and return as needed to the proofs for a deeper understanding

CONTENT

The First Variation -- Some Generalizations -- Isoperimetric Problems -- Applications to Eigenvalue Problems -- Holonomic and Nonholonomic Constraints -- Problems with Variable Endpoints -- The Hamiltonian Formulation -- Noether's Theorem -- The Second Variation

Mathematics
Calculus of variations
Mathematics
Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control; Optimization