The Calculus of Variations: An Introduction

  • Rodney Coleman
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If \(\mathcal{E}\) is a normed vector space composed of mappings, for example, the space of continuous real-valued functions defined on a compact interval, then we refer to a real-valued mapping F defined on a subset S of \(\mathcal{E}\) as a functional. The calculus of variations is concerned with the search for extrema of functionals. In general, the set S is determined, at least partially, by constraints on the mappings and the functional F is defined by an integral. The elements of S are often said to be F-admissible(or admissible if there is no possible confusion).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodney Coleman
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  1. 1.Laboratoire Jean KuntzmannGrenobleFrance

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