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Fastest curve from $p_0$ to $p_1$

I'm trying to solve a problem in path planning: Given points $p_0$ and $p_1$ and vectors $v_0$ and $v_1$, find a function $p(t)$ st. $p(0) = p_0$, $p(T) = p_1$, $p'(0) = v_0$ and $p'(T) = ...
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2answers
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How does one evaluate this function of several variables?

In deriving the Euler-Lagrange equation, one step involves evaluating this: $$\frac{\partial f(y(x)+\alpha\eta(x), y'(x)+\alpha\eta'(x), x)}{\partial \alpha}$$ (this is from pg. 220 of 'Classical ...
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votes
1answer
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How is this second form of the Euler-Lagrange equation arrived at?

The Euler Lagrange equation $\frac{\partial F}{\partial q}-\frac{d \frac{\partial F}{\partial \dot{q}}}{d t}=0$ can also be put in the form $\frac{\partial F}{\partial t}-\frac{d (F- ...
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1answer
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Simple simple Euler Lagrange Equation

Just starting a course on Lagrangian Mechanics and I'm just wondering what about the Euler-Lagrange equation, and more specifically what I'm meant to be trying to do .. One of the questions from my ...
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0answers
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Extension of Uncertainty Relations to a specific potential in Schrödinger Equation

Given some $\|\psi \|$ $\in$ $L^2 (\mathbb R^n) $ such that $\| \psi \|_2 =1$ and a function (potential) $V: \mathbb R^n \rightarrow \mathbb R$. The Schorödinger equation tells us that $-\triangle ...
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Question on the catenary

The catenary minimizes the potential energy of a cable and has equation $y - y_0 = A \cosh (\frac{x-x_0}{A})$. It is physically intuitive that the catenary is unique, but is there a mathematical ...