Introduction to Calculus of Variations

Speaker: Abu Sufian

Date: 12th March, 2019

Time: 9:15pm-10:15pm


Abstract: In this talk, we will start by studying a brief introduction to Calculus Variations or variational Calculus via some examples.  Then we will derive one of the most important equations “Euler- Lagrange ”  equation, from that we will deduce the  Beltrami identity. Using this equation and  identity, we will solve the following problems:  the geodesic problem on a plane and on  a sphere, the brachistochrone problem.  If time permits, we will see the “catenary problem” also.


Pre-requisites: None

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