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Calculus of variations

  1. Apr 26, 2015 #1
    Does anybody know what is the formal difference between the Δ -variation and the δ- variation is?

    They seem to be used interchangeably. I read somewhere that Δ = δ + Δt*(d/dt) but I have no idea how that is arrived at.

    I know that the δ- variation is employed in the calculus of variations and the Δ is used to derive the principle of least action. As I previously understood it, the Δ referred to a "change in" some quantity and the δ corresponds to a inexact differential, but how are they defined in this context of calculus of variations (and the principle of least action)?

    Any further insight would be greatly appreciated!!
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  3. Apr 26, 2015 #2


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    Do you have any specific references for these notations?
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