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Euler-Lagrange equations

  1. Oct 15, 2010 #1
    Below is the question:

    [PLAIN]http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/7549/42541832.jpg [Broken]

    I don't even know where to start. Theres nothing about this topic in my notes & I can't remember doing it before. I've tried searching for the key words but that didn't help much.

    Does anyone have any links or suggestions as to how to start the question?

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  3. Oct 15, 2010 #2


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    The keywords in the brackets are a good point to start - it is fundamental to classical mechanics that the Euler-Lagrange equations are equivalent to the action integral having a stationary value.
  4. Oct 15, 2010 #3
    Hmm I've done more reading, the differential equation I want is

    dL/dx - d/dt[dL/dxdot] = 0

    I believe? That gives the functional a stationary value... (ie stationary point, I'm guessing that's what extremal means)

    Just seems a little silly that all I have to do is state a DE...
  5. Oct 15, 2010 #4


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    Yes, it seems like a basic theoretical question.

    The equation you wrote down is the Euler Lagrange equation. Its solution are the functions for which the action functional is stationary.
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