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La grangian

  1. Feb 4, 2012 #1

    georg gill

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian#Explanation

    I am trying to prove pV=nRT and in order to do so one need to get lagrangian (not the math formula it seems)

    Here is an explanation

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian#Explanation

    why is

    [tex]\frac{\delta S}{\delta \varphi _i}=0 [/tex]?

    S is a point given in time and space but I guess my problem is what is
    [tex] \varphi [/tex]



    I guess that it is the value of the field at that point in spacetime as they write does not help me much to get what it is
     
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  3. Feb 4, 2012 #2

    strangerep

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    You didn't say what these symbols mean.

    No. S is the action. Read a bit further on that Wiki page. It says
    [tex]
    \mathcal{S} [\varphi_i] = \int{\mathcal{L} [\varphi_i (x)]\, \mathrm{d}^4x}
    [/tex]
    Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics start from a principle of least action, meaning
    that the total action is assumed not to vary under small variations of the generalized coordinates (i.e., the [itex]\varphi_i[/itex] in this case) and the equations of motion are
    then derived from this principle.

    It's a generalized configuration variable.

    BTW, this question probably belongs over on the classical mechanics forum. It sounds like you really need a textbook, and someone over there could probably suggest one.
     
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