Calculus of Variations
Courier Dover Publications, 2000 - Mathematics - 232 pages
Based on a series of lectures given by I. M. Gelfand at Moscow State University, this book actually goes considerably beyond the material presented in the lectures. The aim is to give a treatment of the elements of the calculus of variations in a form both easily understandable and sufficiently modern. Considerable attention is devoted to physical applications of variational methods, e.g., canonical equations, variational principles of mechanics, and conservation laws.
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very good book, explained the things i was looking for with details. its a pity in 12-2 it doesnt speak about lagrange factors though!
ELEMENTS OF THE THEORY
THE GENERAL VARIATION OF A FUNCTIONAL
THE CANONICAL FORM OF THE EULER EQUATIONS AND RELATED TOPICS
THE SECOND VARIATION SUFFICIENT CONDITIONS FOR A WEAK EXTREMUM
FIELDS SUFFICIENT CONDITIONS FOR A STRONG EXTREMUM
VARIATIONAL PROBLEMS INVOLVING MULTIPLE INTEGRALS
DIRECT METHODS IN THE CALCULUS OF VARIATIONS