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Questions on the calculus of variations, which deals with the optimization of functionals mostly defined on an infinite dimensional spaces.

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Reference about the space of closed curves in Riemann manifold

Some days ago, I listened a report about the width of Riemann manifold. I am interesting in the space of closed curves in Riemann manifold. It seemly has good topology and different construction.For ...
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Computing the “Mean Value” of a Point Sample From an Arbitrary Manifold

A friend of mine noticed that taking the "mean" of two points on the circle isn't as easy as just computing the arithmetic mean of their arguments: If one point has argument $-3.13$ radians and one ...
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Calculation of Variational Derivative

Following is from Olver's book on Lie groups and Differential Equations: Define the variational problem: \begin{eqnarray*} \mathcal{L}= \int_\Omega L(x,u^{(n)}) \end{eqnarray*} where $u^{(n)}$ ...
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Green's first identity and the calculus of variations

UPDATE: I was able to solve this problem using iterative integration by parts. However, I still cannot find how Green's first identity would apply here. Suppose I had a multiple integral over $p$-...
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Simply Supported Beam Deflection

I would appreciate confirmation on my method and answers for part a), also if anyone knows how to solve this problem that would be appreciated.
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