Need guidance on where to start on the study of the variational principle

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I was experimenting with some physics and the mathematics started to get a bit tougher than what I'm used to. I had a professor who looked at what I'm doing, offered to guide me, and told me to do some research on the variational principle.

At the moment, I am in Calculus II. I did a couple searches, and the material I found is well beyond my knowledge at this moment. Can someone help direct me to a proper place to start on this study.
 

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This looks like a straightforward explanation (well, straightforward in the sense that it
doesn't obscure things with "advanced" notation for no particular reason).
http://www.math.umn.edu/~olver/am_/cvz.pdf

If you don't understand this, first learn what you need from Calc 3 and/or ODEs.
 
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This looks like a straightforward explanation (well, straightforward in the sense that it
doesn't obscure things with "advanced" notation for no particular reason).
http://www.math.umn.edu/~olver/am_/cvz.pdf

If you don't understand this, first learn what you need from Calc 3 and/or ODEs.
Yes there is a bunch of calculus 3 there that I see. Thanks for the link.
 
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Anyone else? I need a supplement.
 

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