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Variational Calculus question.

  1. Jul 17, 2011 #1


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    I asked this question in here:
    https://nrich.maths.org/discus/messages/7601/151442.html?1310911861 [Broken]
    (post 4), and still haven't got any reply, does someone know how to get to [tex]g'(\epsilon)[/tex] in the text cause I get something different with another terms plus the terms in the text.

    I guess i'll need to procceed without understanding how did he get the LHS fo g'.

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  3. Jul 21, 2011 #2
    I have no idea which is "post 4" that you're asking about.
    Perhaps a date and time of your post? Even better, edit the relevant image with MS Paint to add line numbers?

    Have you tried WolframAlpha on your step?
    Particularly, the "show steps" feature.

    I processed through half of
    d/dx ( u'(x)/(1+(u'(x))^2)^.5 )
    when I discovered you were asking about an entirely different line.
    I did find it helpful to ask Wolfram,
    d/dx ( w'(x)/(1+(w'(x))^2)^.5 )
    because the show steps, uses d/dx (uv) = uv' + vu' and that uses u for too many different ideas.

    I'm running out of concentration ability.
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