# Determine the minimum and maximum values of an integral subject to end conditions

The question: determine the minimum and maximum values of the integral

$$\int_0^1 yy'dx$$

subject to the conditions $y(0)=0$ and $y(1)=1$.

There is no explicit y dependence, so our Euler-Lagrange Equation is

$$F-\frac{d}{dx}\frac{\partial F}{\partial y'}={\it constant}$$

However, when I do this, I get $y'y-y'y=0$. This tells me that

$$F=\frac{d}{dx}\frac{\partial F}{\partial y'}$$

Thus, the max/min correspond to those x-values where

$$\frac{dF}{dx}=\frac{d^2}{dx^2}\frac{\partial F}{\partial y'}=0$$

How do I take it from here? Did I do something wrong?

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Hint: $yy'=\frac12(y^2)'$. ${}{}{}{}$
$\int_0^1 yy'dx = \frac12(y^2(1)-y^2(0))$. –  njguliyev Sep 17 '13 at 21:28