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Variation in the action question

  1. Oct 30, 2008 #1
    In the Nambu-Goto action, the Lagrange Density is L(dX/dt,dX/dx). When the action is varied, this term becomes a sum of conjugate momentums multiplied by their respective instantaneous velocities, i.e. (Px*dX/dx + Pt*dX/dt). Nowhere, can I find an detailed explanation of how one gets from the first step to the second step. Several references mentioned a Taylor expansion, but otherwise, it seems to be assumed that this step is obvious.

    Could anyone direct me to material giving an explicit, step-by-step derivation.
     
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