# Minimisation Problem (Euler-Lagrange equation)

## Homework Statement

http://i.imgur.com/BV5gR8q.png

## Homework Equations

d/dx ∂F/∂y'=∂F/∂y

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have no problem with the first bit, but the second bit is where I get stuck. Since the question says the speed is proportional to distance, I have taken v(x)=cx where c is some constant of proportionality, then tried to proceed with solving the EL equation, however I end up with everything just being equal to 0 so I'm not sure how to proceed.

http://i.imgur.com/hDNPyG7.jpg

Buzz Bloom
Gold Member
Hi Plaetean:

I think you forgot that y' is a function of x.

Your (d/dx) ∂F/dy' does not include any dy'/dx = y''.

Hope this helps.
Regards,
Buzz

rude man
Homework Helper
Gold Member

## Homework Statement

http://i.imgur.com/BV5gR8q.png

## Homework Equations

d/dx ∂F/∂y'=∂F/∂y

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have no problem with the first bit, but the second bit is where I get stuck. Since the question says the speed is proportional to distance, I have taken v(x)=cx where c is some constant of proportionality, then tried to proceed with solving the EL equation, however I end up with everything just being equal to 0 so I'm not sure how to proceed.

http://i.imgur.com/hDNPyG7.jpg
What does your Euler-Lagrange equation boil down to if F is not a function of y?