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Local constants of motion?

  1. Aug 1, 2010 #1
    I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but my question is: if i have an Hamiltonian defined on the whole phase space and a function f which is also defined on the whole phase space and doesn't depend explicitly on time, i know that if its poisson bracket with the Hamiltonian vanishes everywhere, f is a constant of the motion. But what happens if this poisson bracket doesn't vanish everywhere, but only on a subset of the phase space? This subset could be for example the one i get from the equation {f,H}=0

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  3. Aug 6, 2010 #2
    Welcome giova7_89,
    If the locus of {f,H}=0 contains a trajectory, f will indeed be constant for that trajectory. If one considers the analytic continuation, one must say that such local constants have little physical significance.
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