An authoritative text on the calculus of variations for first-year graduate students. From a study of the simplest problem it goes on to cover Lagrangian derivatives, Jacobi's condition, and field theory. Devotes considerable attention to direct methods and the Sturm-Liouville problem in a finite interval. Contains numerous interesting and challenging exercises plus five appendices on important results, generalizations, and applications of the material,
Publisher: Harwood-Academic Publishers
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 594 g
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