Questions on the calculus of variations, a subfield of calculus that deals with the optimization of functionals.

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bilinear continuous, coercive form

Let $k\in \mathbb{R}, k\neq 1$, consider the space $$ V = \{u\in H^1(0,1): u(0) = ku(1)\}$$ Let $$a(u,v) = \int_0^1 (u'v'+ uv)\; dx - \left(\int_0^1 u\; dx\right) \left(\int_0^1 v\; ...
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Differential of Lagrangian

My professor wrote this $\frac{\partial L}{\partial q}\dot{q}=\frac{d}{dt}(\frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot{q}})$. Due to the fact that I am very very very very bad at Math, could you explain me about ...
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Euler Lagrange Theorem doubt [duplicate]

When applying the euler lagrange equation, if we ever obtain $\partial$y/$\partial$y' where y' is dy/dt why do we take it to be zero?
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What is the most elementary but still correct according to the most rigorous standard proof of the isoperimetric inequality?

Can you write the most elementary proof of the isoperimetric inequality (but still correct according to the most rigorous standard )? $$l^2> 4πA$$
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Existence of a Minimizer $h(\rho) = c \|\rho\|_{3} - \int_{\mathbb R^3} \, dx \frac{\rho(x)}{|x|} $

given the following functional $h(\rho) = c \|\rho\|_{3} - \int_{\mathbb R^3} \, dx \frac{\rho(x)}{|x|} $ with $\rho>0$ , $\|\rho\|_1 = 1$ and obviously $\rho\in L^1(\mathbb R^3)$. Can I see ...
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Image histogram equalization using variational calculus

In an image processing course at Coursera.org, on the section on PDE and calculus of variations, the professor gave the following as the functional to be optimized for image histogram modification: ...
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A variation of the isoperimetric problem in the plane

The isoperimetric problem in the plane: « The classical isoperimetric problem dates back to antiquity. The problem can be stated as follows: Among all closed curves in the plane of fixed ...
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about lower semicontinuous functional

Let $X$ a topological space.My book define : A functional $\varphi: X \rightarrow R$ is lower-semicontinuous (l.s.c) if $\varphi^{-1}(a, + \infty)$ is open in $X$ for any $a \in R.$ (1) And the book ...
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Finding the shortest path length on a curved surface(hyperboloid)

I wish to find the minimum path length between two points $P_1(\sqrt2,0,-1)$ and $P_2(0,\sqrt2,1)$ on a hyperbolic surface $S =\{(x,y,z)\in R^3\ |\ x^2+y^2-z^2=1\}$ I faintly recall studying ...
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Question about variational principles involving light rays.

In question 9 (see this link: http://view.samurajdata.se/psview.php?id=28b2e4b5&page=1 ), I've shown the light rays are follow a parabolic paths using the Euler-Lagrange equation and Fermat's ...
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Is this differentiation correct?

$J(x,y')=\int_1^2 xy'(x)+(y'(x))^2dx = \int_1^2{f(y,y^\prime,x)}$ Need to find $\frac{d}{dx}(\frac{\partial f}{\partial y^\prime})$ $\frac{\partial f}{\partial y^\prime}=x+2y'(x)$ ...
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Converse of Noether's (first) theorem

Noether's (first) theorem states that if a Lagrangian $L$ admits a continuous symmetry, then the following quantity are conserved. $$\left(\frac{\partial L}{\partial \dot q}\cdot\dot ...
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Elliptic partial differential equations

Consider the following elliptic PDE: $$ \Delta u=f(u), $$ where $f(u)$ is a smooth function. Which references (books, papers,...etc.) about existence of solutions for this PDE do you recommend to have ...
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How to take derivative?

Find a curve passing through (0,0) and (1,1) that is an extremal of the function $${\rm J}\left(x,y,y'\right)= \int_{0}^{1}\left[ y'^{\,2}\left(x\right ) + 12\,x\,{\rm y}\left(x\right)\right]\,{\rm ...
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Function extremal - calculus of variations

Find a curve passing through (1,2) and (2,4) that is an extremal of the function: $J(x,y')=\int_1^2 xy'(x)+(y'(x))^2dx$ I don't know what methods to use at all.
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Euler–Lagrange equation

Does this PDE $\nabla\cdot( \frac{ \nabla u}{u} )+a\, \Delta u+b\,u=0$ (*) have a variational structure? Here $a$ and $b$ are constants. In other words, the question I am asking is: Does there ...
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how to introduce time into calculus of variations for image processing?

I'm studying some topics about calculus of variation applied to image processing. I'd like to understand how to introduce time parameter to evolve an image in an iterative way. For example, let's ...
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Sufficient conditions for the use of the Beltrami identity

For reference, I shall use the notation used in the wikipedia article for the Beltrami identity in the application section (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltrami_identity) In the article, the ...
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Calculating the maximum of a function

How can one determine $$\max_{f_0,f_1}\frac{\int_{\mathbb{R}}f_1(y)^xf_0(y)^{1-x}\log\left(\frac{f_1(y)}{f_0(y)}\right)\mbox{d}y}{\int_{\mathbb{R}}f_1(y)^xf_0(y)^{1-x}\mbox{d}y}$$ given ...
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Calculus of Variations

In the Calculus of Variations there is a passage from Euler's characteristic equation: $$ \frac {\partial F}{\partial y} - \frac {d}{dx} \left(\frac {\partial F}{\partial y'} \right)=0 $$ in ...
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What methods are available for this optimization problem?

I have an intermediate knowledge of the calculus of variations: I can handle constraints in functional or integral forms and extrapolate to multiple variables and functions. If I dig in my notebooks I ...
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Spectrum of operator with unknown function

I'm working on a variational problem in elasticity which involves a hefty number of Lagrange multipliers. I have calculated the second variation to be [; \int ds ~h \left[ \frac{d^4 }{ds^4 } + ...
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Stationary action functional

The last part in the derivation of the Euler-Lagrange equations for a stationary action has me confused. It's about the order of differentiation and evaluation, and whichever comes first. I'll ...
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Reading Speed for Constant Time to Finish

You open a very long new book on your e-reader and read a few pages. It helpfully informs you that based on your reading speed you have 16 hours of reading left until you are done. You read the rest ...
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Counterexample for the Chain rule for the Gateaux-derivative

I'm reading the book of Drabek, Milota - Methods of Nonlinear Analysis, and at page 121, they state: but I can't manage to find such counterexample. For clarity the Gateaux derivative is defined ...
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Calculus of variation: Reduce the order of a differential equation using a 1 parameter lie group adfmitted by it.

We are asked to reduce $y^"+y-y^{-3}=0$ using $X= \sin2x\frac{\partial}{\partial x}+y\cos2x\frac{\partial}{\partial y}$ I know we have to find the first prolongation of X and solve $X^1$F=0 using ...
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Euler-Lagrange Calculus of Variations Example

I have been working on solving Euler-Lagrange Equation problems in attempts to learn Calculus of Variations, but this one example has me stuck. I am probably making mistakes in my integration. I am ...
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Minimising line integral over a scalar field part 2

This is a continuation of this question whose general point is summarised below Say we want to find a path $y=y(x)$ in the scalar field $S(x,y)$ that finds the extrema of of its line integral. ...
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Calculus of variations for implicitly defined functional

I would like to minimize a functional of the type: $$L[\gamma]=\int_a^b F(T(\gamma(t))dt$$ on the space of paths $\gamma$, where $T=T(\gamma,t)$. Now, usually I would simply apply Euler-Lagrange's ...
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Maximizing an integral through maximum principle

Suppose that we wish to achieve $$\max\int_0^1 (1-x^2-\dot{x}^2)dt, x(0)=0, x(1)\geq 1$$ Two possible ways one can do this is by Euler-Lagrange eqn or maximum principle. Applying the Euler-Lagrange ...
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Minimising line intergral over a scalar field part 1

I'm self teaching myself calculus of variations, and decided to solve a problem to practice what I learned. Say we want to find a path $y=y(x)$ in the scalar field $S(x,y)$. Therefor we wish to ...
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specific non linear pde

I would really appreciate to hear your insights or comments about the following problem: Consider the following non linear pde: let $\Omega$ be the unit square with vertices at (0,0),(1,0),(0,1) and ...
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How to find the infintesimal generator and conserved current of the symmetries of the minimal surface problem

For the Lagrangian $L(x,y,z,z_x,z_y)=\sqrt{1+z^2_x+z^2_y}$ how do you find infinitesimal generator and conserved current of the six symmetries (3 translations and 3 rotations)? I was using Noether's ...
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Euler-Lagrange Equation example

I have been working on solving Euler-Lagrange Equation problems in differential equations, specifically in Calculus of Variations, but this one example has me stuck. I am probably making mistakes in ...
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How to properly take derivatives in calculus of variations (Euler-Lagrange formula)

Why is it that, in calculus of variations (specifically Euler-Lagrange), we can take the derivative of a function with respect to a function $f$ and set this derivative to $0$ if only $f'$ appears in ...
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Indicator function of a level set

Consider a positive definite locally Lipschitz function $V:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}_{\geq0}$. Fix $c\in\mathbb{R}_{\geq0}$ and consider the sublevel-set $E_c=\{x:\in\mathbb{R}^2:V(x)\leq c\}$, ...
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Can the Euler-Lagrange equations be derived from a variation over a time of order $dt$ rather than $t$?

In the calculus of variations, the solution of the Euler-Lagrange equations gives those functions for which a given functional is stationary. Now all derivations I've come across up to now, carry out ...
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References about Nemytskii Mappings

I need some references about Nemytskii Mappings. Can anyone tell me some textbook about it? I am reading chapter 2 of this text www.math.tifr.res.in/~publ/ln/tifr81.pdf . And I need more results ...
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Calculus of variation Transformation

Find the transformations that transform $$X = -y \frac{\partial}{\partial x} + x \frac{\partial}{\partial y}$$ to $\bar{X}$ = $\frac{\partial}{\partial s}$ That is X(s)=1 and X(t)=0 I know we have to ...
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Minimizing a functional by variation

I have a problem at the last step of my proof. I have the following functional to be minimized on $\rho\in L^1(\mathbb R^d)$. Here $\lambda$ is a Lagrange multiplier and $\rho\geq 0$. $h(\rho) = ...
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How to prove $\int_a^b f(x)\varphi(x)dx=0\Rightarrow f(x)=0$

I am doing some reading on the calculus of variations and one of the first examples uses the following theorem: Let $f\in C[a,b]$. If $\int_a^b f(x)\varphi(x)dx=0$ for all $\varphi\in C[a,b]$, then ...
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Intuition behind Young measures

I am studying the calculus of variations. Many interesting results arise from the theory of Young measures. For a greenhorn (as I am) an intuition behind Young measures is hidden, because many texts ...
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minimal surface from a variational problem

Given the Lagrangian $$ J(u)= \int_{V} \sqrt{1+|\operatorname{grad}(u)|^{2})} $$ with the constraint $ \int_{V}udx =1 $ (1) Why is the volume constraint there ? (2) For the case of ...
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A variational problem with a lagrangian , what is the lagrangian?

given the 2 PDE $$ \Delta u-au_{tt}+u_{t}=0$$ and $$ \Delta u + Du*Df=0 $$ here $ \Delta u $ is the Laplacian $ Du= grad(u) $ is the gradient and * means scalar product $u_{t} = \frac{\partial ...
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Restricted function

Let $A=\{(x,y): x,y\in(-1,1)\}$. Is there a function $f:A\mapsto A$ such that $f(x,0)=(x,x^2)$ $f$ differentiable and bijective on $A$. I have tried a lot of constructions but the problem is in ...
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variational problem: obtain the lagrangian from the PDE equations of motion [duplicate]

given the 2 PDE $$ \Delta u-au_{tt}+u_{t}=0$$ and $$ \Delta u + Du*Df=0 $$ here $ \Delta u $ is the Laplacian $ Du= grau$ and * means scalar product $u_{t} = \frac{\partial u}{\partial t}$ my ...
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Extremum of functional of a complex function

consider functional $E$ defined by $$E[z]=\int F(x,z(x))dx$$ where $F$ is a complex-valued nonlinear function. How can we find the function $z(x)$ so that $$G=|E|^2=EE^*=\iint ...
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Optimization in $L_1$, does this make sense?

I'd like to find a probability distribution $f(x)$ on the unit interval $[0,1]$ that obeys a given set of moment constraints, e.g. $\int_0^1 xf(x) dx = \mu_0$ for some given $\mu_0$, and so forth. ...
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How to compute $\frac{\partial F_x}{\partial F}$?

If $F$ is a function of $x$ and $y$, and $F_x$ denotes $\dfrac{\partial F}{\partial x}$, how would you compute $\dfrac{\partial F_x}{\partial F}$? Can I use the chain rule to write this as: ...
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Minimizing a Functional with a Path Length Constraint

Say you have some functional of the form $\int_0^{t_f} L(x,\dot{x},y,\dot{y},z,\dot{z}) dt$ that you're trying to minimize. Normally one can solve this using the Euler-Lagrange equations, and when you ...