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

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Clarifying A Calculus of Variations Problem

Let F[y] be a functional defined like so: F[y] = $\int y(x)^2 + (y'(x))^2 dx$. I'm trying to find the function y which maximizes the value of F, and because the Euler Lagrange equation specifies a ...
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The Euler-Lagrange equation yields a constant function?

My functional is $J[f] = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x) \log f(x)\,dx$. I want to maximize it using the calculus of variations. In order to use the Euler-Lagrange equation, I define $L(t, y, y')$ such ...
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Maximize $J[f] = \int_\mathbb{R} f(x)\log f(x)\,dx$ over smooth surjections $f : \mathbb{R}\to (0, \alpha)$ subject to $\int_\mathbb{R} f(x)\,dx = 1$.

Maximize $J[f] = \int_\mathbb{R} f(x)\log f(x)\,dx$ over smooth surjections $f : \mathbb{R}\to (0, \alpha)$, where $\alpha$ is a real number, subject to $\int_\mathbb{R} f(x)\,dx = 1$. I have no idea ...
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geodesic of Stiefel manifold

Define a metric on Stiefel manifold $V_{n,p}$ as $$\left<\Delta_1,\Delta_2\right>=\text{tr}\Delta_1^T\left(I-\frac{1}{2}YY^T\right)\Delta_2$$ $\forall \Delta_1,\Delta_2\in T_YV_{n,p}$ how to ...
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Double integral of a product in calculus of variations

Let's say I have an integral of the form $$ V(u) = \iint\limits_{[0,T]^2}f(x,y)u(x)u(y)\mathrm dx\mathrm dy $$ which I would like to optimize over smooth functions $u$. For the variation I get $$ ...
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What type of self-adjoint operator does $\hat{P}$ has to be for Green's function to result in a radial exponetial $e^{-\| x-t \|^2}$

I was reading the following paper on hyper basis function (HBF) (similar to radial basis function RBF network) and was trying to understand when is it the case that the network has radial basis ...
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Defining a partial derivative with respect to an antisymmetric tensor/matrix

I'm looking at some nonlinear electrodynamics, and have been following a textbook which contains a primer on some of the stuff I'm interested in following up. However, I seem to have fallen at the ...
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Derivation of Euler Equation

In the following notes here I don't understand the very last line of proof of theorem 6.1 . We now use the fact that $\frac{\partial}{\partial a}S[x_a(t)]$ must be zero for any function ...
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Dirichlet energy and Fourier transform

Is there a direct relationship between the Dirichlet energy of a function: $$E(f)=\int_{\Omega}\lvert\nabla f(\mathbf{x})\rvert^2\mathrm{d}V$$ and its Fourier transform ...
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Bivariate optimal density

Consider any feasible $p:[0,1]^2\to [0,1]$ that allows discontinuities and the problem $$\min_{p(.)} \int_0^1\int_0^1 p(x,y)^2 dF(x) dG(y)$$ s.t. $$\int_0^1 p(x,y)dG(y)=k\phantom{0} for \phantom{0} ...
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What is the significance of the integral of the Hessian determinant?

The integral of a function over some region measures the total value of the function in that region: $$T(u)=\int u\thinspace\mathrm{d}V$$ The integral of the squared norm of the gradient of the ...
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Arc length function of a helix/spiral is convex?

Given the arc-length of a parametric curve, $\int_a^b\|\gamma'(t)\|$ if the parametric curve was non-convex, can the arc length be a convex function?If the parametric curve was convex, will the arc ...
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Non-linear hyperbolic systems

This question is about a naive approach to non-linear hyperbolic systems, thinking in the context of elasticity. To set up the problem suppose $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is open and bounded. ...
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Euler equation formula

When I am using Euler equation for Fourier transform integrals of type $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} dx f(x) exp[ikx] $$ I am getting following integrals: $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} dx f(x) cos(kx)$ ...
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Fundamental Lemma of the Calculus of Variations with higher derivatives

The fundamental lemma of the calculus of variations is often presented as: If $M(x) \in C[a,b]$ such that $\int_{a}^{b}{M(x)\eta(x)} = 0 ~~\forall\eta\in C^1[a,b],\eta(a)=\eta(b)=0$, then $M(x)=0$ for ...
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Differentiate functional with delta function when calculating Euler-Lagrange equation

The paper "active contours without edges" by Chan and Vese http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=902291, My goal is to understand how to derive the corresponding euler-lagrange ...
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The meanings of some symbols in “Calculus of variations”

Could someone tell me the meanings of the "C" and its superscript "1" and subscript "0" in the equation which I have marked. Thank you very much!!!
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What curved ramp transports a ball from (1,1) to (0,0) most quickly, under the acceleration of gravity, with no friction or air resistance?

An infinitisemally small ball is placed at the top of a ramp which has a height of 1m and ends 1m away horizontally. What is the optimal curve of the ramp to minimize time taken for the ball to reach ...
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calculus of the measure of a $C^1 $ hypersurface

I have to prove that: $$\lim_{r \to 0} \frac {\mathcal H ^{n-1}(M \cap B(x,r))}{\omega_{n-1} r^{n-1}}=1, $$ where $\mathcal H ^{n-1}$ is the ($n-1$)-dimensional Hausdorff measure, $M$ is a $C^1$ ...
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A variational approach to symplectomorphisms

Let $(\Sigma,\omega)$ be a compact symplectic surface, and let $\mathcal{D}$ be the group of diffeomorphisms of $\Sigma$. Is there some known variational approach to determine if an element ...
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Absolute Continuity defined by Necas

I read a definition of the absolute continuity in Necas' book "Direct Methods in the Theory of Elliptic Equations": Let $\Omega$ be a domain in $\mathbb{R}^n$ , $P$ a line verifying ...
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Elementary Examples of Functionals

I'm working on a research project that's a little over my head, so forgive some simple questions. Is a composite function $f(g(x))$ a functional? What are a handful of other simple examples of ...
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Regularity of limit measure and prove that $|\mu_h|\stackrel{*}{\rightharpoonup}|\mu|$

I have some questions. First of all, let $\mu_h$ a sequence of Radon measures and suppose that $\mu_h$ weakly-converge to another measure $\mu$. Now, this limit measure $\mu$ is still Borel? Is it ...
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How to Invert the Euler Lagrange Equations?

Suppose I have a functional L. For example $L = y+3y'$. Where y is itself a function of real variable x It's easy for me to evaluate the Functional Derivative of L via the Euler Lagrange Equations: ...
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Minimum curve for the distance between two points at the plane

The problem is to determine the curve y=y(x) in the plane, the lenght of which is given by the functional: \begin{equation} I(y)=\int_{x_1}^{x_2}\sqrt{1+(y')^2}dx=\int_{x_1}^{x_2}F(x,y,y')dx ...
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Calculus of Variation: Euler-Lagrange Equation in 1D

I am currently trying to get into calculus of variation for a course of Image processing. In the lecture we learned that a smooth function u[a,b]->R that minimises: $$\int_a^b F(x,u,u') dx $$ ...
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Prove that a sequence of measures weak-star converges to another measure

We have a set of locally finite perimeter and a sequence of sets $\{E_h\}_h$ with $C^1$ boundary such that $$E_h\to E \text{ and } \mu_{E_h}\stackrel{*}{\rightharpoonup} \mu_E,$$ where $\mu_{E_h}$ and ...
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The Dirichlet problem for the Laplace equation: classical solutions versus weak solution

Let $B_R$ a ball in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Consider $u^{\star} \in H^{1}(B_R) $ and $f \in H^{1}(B_R) \cap C(\overline{B_R})$. Suppose that $u^{\star}$ minimizes $$\int_{B_R} |\nabla u|^2, u \in \{ v \in ...
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How to use find the Lagrange Multipliers in multidimensional Calculus of Variations

Suppose I wish to minimise the integral $$I = \int_{s_0}^{s_1}\int_{t_0}^{t_1}F\, dt ds$$ Where $F$ is a function of the six variables $x(s,t)$, $y(s,t)$, and their four partial derivatives, ie $$F ...
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Euler-Lagrange equation with constraints outside the integral

So I've been studying Euler-Lagrange equations, and on an assignment I have the problem to find them for $J(y)=\int_a^bF(x,y,y')dx-By(b)+Ay(a)$ Where $y(a)$ and $y(b)$ are free, $A$ and $B$ are ...
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Surface of constant mean curvature

From PDE Evans, 2nd edition: Chapter 8, Exercise 12: Assume $u$ is a smooth minimizer of the area integral $$I[w]=\int_U (1+|Dw|^2)^{1/2} \, dx,$$ subject to given boundary conditions $w=g$ on ...
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Definition of the Second Variational Derivative In terms of The first

I know that for functional $F$ the first variational derivative at $f$ with increment $h$ is defined as \begin{align*} \delta F[f,h]= \lim_{\alpha \to 0 } \frac{F[f+\alpha h]-F[f] ]}{\alpha }. ...
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dirichlet principle: why $u-g\in W_0^{1,2}(\Omega)$?

Let $D\subset\mathbb R^n$ be open and bounded. Consider $\Delta u=f$ in $\Omega$ and $u=g$ on $\partial\Omega$. Let $g\in W^{1,2}(D)$ and $f\in L^\infty(D)$. Then the minimizer of $$ I(u)=\int_\Omega ...
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Calculus of variations - unilateral constraints [duplicate]

Question about Evans states, chapter 8.4.2! We have $I[w] := \int_U \frac{1}{2}|Dw|^2 - fw\, dx$, among all functions $w$ belonging to the set $$\mathcal{A} : = \{w \in H_0^1(U) : w \geq h \, ...
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The functional $I[w] = \int_U \frac{1}{2} |Dw|^2 - fw \, dx$ is weakly lower semicontinuous

I am studying calculus of variation, and I need to prove that $I[w] = \int_U \frac{1}{2} |Dw|^2 - fw \, dx$ with $f \in L^2(U)$ is weakly lower semicontinuous on $H_0^1(U)$. In classes, I only ...
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Euler equation for the functional has the form: $f_y-f_xy'-\frac{fy''}{1+y'^2}=0$

I want to show that the Euler equation for the functional $J(y)= \int_a^b f(x,y) \sqrt{1+y'^2}dx$ has the form: $$f_y-f_xy'-\frac{fy''}{1+y'^2}=0$$ $$L(x,y,y')= f(x,y) \sqrt{1+y'^2} dx$$ ...
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optical flow Euler-Langrange equation

I have a problem understanding how optical flow functional is plugged into Euler-Lagrange equation. The functional is: $\iint[(I_xu+I_yv+I_t)^2+\alpha^2(||\nabla u||^2 +||\nabla v ||^2)]dxdy$ ...
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Geodesic equation for surface of sphere

One of the standard problems of calculus of variations is showing that geodesics on the surface of the sphere are great circles. But I don't understand the equation. The equation for great circle ...
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Dirichlet energy

From PDE Evans, 2nd edition: Chapter 8, Exercise 17: Let $u,\hat{u} \in H_0^1(U)$ both be positive minimizers of the Dirichlet energy $$I[w] := \int_U |Dw|^2 \, dx,$$ subject to the constraint ...
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Elliptic regularization of the heat equation

This is from PDE Evans, 2nd edition: Chapter 8, Exercise 3: The elliptic regularization of the heat equation is the PDE $$ u_t - \Delta u -\epsilon u_{tt}=0 \quad \text{in }U_T, \tag{$*$}$$ where ...
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Derivation of Von Karman Equations

I'm reading Howell's Applied Solid Mechanics to gain background for a research project. I'm struggling with the following derivation in the text that the authors refer to as a "lengthy exercise." The ...
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Euler-Lagrange equation [duplicate]

This is PDE Evans, 2nd edition: Chapter 8, Exercise 2: Find $L=L(p,z,x)$ so that the PDE $$-\Delta u + D\phi \cdot Du = f \quad \text{in }U$$ is the Euler-Lagrange equation corresponding to the ...
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Calculus of Variations - Function dependent of $y'$ only

I completely understand the proof for the Euler-Lagrange equation for a general function $F(x,y,y')$. However, when I try to use the same proof technique on a function $F(y')$, I run into a curiosity ...
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Maximum area of a fenced playpen on the side of a house.

Here's an interesting problem: you just got a really cute puppy, and you want it to have a large rectangular playpen to run around in. What's more, your neighbor just happened to have 100 feet of ...
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Calculus of variational in 2 dimension with constraints

Let $S$ be a 2D region and its boundary is $\partial S$. $u(x,y)$ is defined in S. The functional is of the following type: $J[u] = \int_S F(x,y,u,u_{x},u_{y}) \mathrm{d}s + \int_{\partial S} ...
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What function maximizes area for a constant arc length?

Suppose I have a continuous function $f$, such that $f(0) = f(1) = 0$. Given the length $l$ of the curve between $0$ and $1$, which function maximizes the area under the curve? I know that if $l \leq ...
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How to prove $H_0^1(\Omega)=H_0(div;\Omega)\cap H_0(curl;\Omega)$

It was shown in the book "Finite Elements Methods for Navier-Stokes Equations" by Girault and Raviart that $$H_0^1(\Omega)=H_0(\operatorname{div};\Omega)\cap H_0(\operatorname{curl};\Omega).$$ The ...
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Find extremum of functional

I want to find the extremum of $$J(y)= \int_1^2 \frac{\sqrt{1+y'^2}}{x}dx, \ y(1)=0, \ \ y(2)=1$$ I thought to use the following theorem: If $y$ is a local extremum for the functional $J(y)= ...
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Why does the functional have a local minimum at $0$?

Definition: Let $J: A \to \mathbb{R}$ be a functional , where $A \subset V$ and $(V, ||\cdot||)$ a linear space with norm. Let $y_0 \in A$ and $h \in V$ such that $y_0+ \epsilon h \in A $ for ...
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Minimizing constrained functions on $l^p$

Suppose we have some functionals $H,G:l^p(\mathbb{N}^+)\to\mathbb{R}$, and we want to find some $p \in l^p(\mathbb{N^+})$ which minimize $H$, subject to the constraint that $G(p)=0$ is constant. As ...