# Tagged Questions

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### Showing coercivity condition for an energy functional

Consider the energy functional $e(\cdot)$
\begin{align*}
e(f,Q)&=\int_a^b \bigg\{f^4\bigg[1+\|\frac{d}{dr}Q\|^2+f^2\dot f^2\bigg]\bigg\} \,dr,
\end{align*}
over the space of
\begin{equation*}
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### Reverse Holder Inequality and the higher integrability of the gradient of a solution to Euler's equation for a certain functional

In Giaquinta-Giusti's (1978) paper "Nonlinear Elliptic Systems with Elliptic Growth" (thm 1.1) they consider the following system:
\begin{equation}
\sum_{i, j=1}^{n}\sum_{\alpha, ...

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### Can a function be constructed from the direction of its gradient?

Let $\Omega$ be a bounded region in $R^n$ and $J\in (L^2(\Omega))^n$ with $|J| \leq 1$ a.e. in $\Omega$. Under what conditions the equation
$Du=J|Du|$, $u|_{\partial \Omega}=f$
has a solution in a ...

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### Sobolev Inequality

Let $\Omega$ be a bounded region in $R^n$ and define
$W:=\{ u \in H^{1}(\Omega): u(x_0)=0 \},$
where $x_0 \in \partial \Omega$ is a fixed point. Is there a constant $C$ such that
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### Reference Search for a Functional Minimization Problem

Let $u(x) \ge 0$ be a non-negative, piecewise-differentiable function on the real line. Moreover, let $u(x)$ be integrable with fixed positive mass, that is
$$M \equiv\int_{x=-\infty}^\infty u(x) ~ ...

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### Variational Problem v.s. Initial Value Problem

Is there a way to relate the variational problem where one specifies $x$ initially and finally to the initial value (Cauchy) problem where one specifies both $x$ and $p$ initially? As an example, ...

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### Extending the variational bicomplex to Hamiltion or Hamiltion-Jacobi formalism

The variational bicomplex seams to provide a modern formulation of the variational problem in terms of modern differential geometry. In particular the bigraded complex of differential forms ...

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### A 'conjecture' on critical elliptic pde

I conjecture the following.
Let $\Omega=\mathbb{R}^3-\overline{B_1(0)}$. Define
$$E_{\Omega}(u)=\frac{1}{2}\int_{\Omega}|\nabla u|^2dx-\frac{1}{6}\int_{\Omega}|u|^6dx.$$
$E_{\mathbb{R}^3}$ is defined ...

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### Minimizing action squared versus action

I have a very basic question in the calculus of variations:
Suppose I want to minimize the functional
$$A[r, r'] = \int_\Omega L(r, r') dx $$
When is it possible to say that extremals of $A$ agree ...

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### Willmore minimizers for genus $\geq 2$

For an immersed closed surface $f: \Sigma \rightarrow \mathbb R^3$ the Willmore functional is defined as
$$
\cal W(f) = \int _{\Sigma} \frac{1}{4} |\vec H|^2 d \mu_g,
$$
where $\vec H$ is the mean ...

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### Results about existence/uniqueness of solution to Euler-Lagrange equations?

While studying calculus of variations, there is one question that I feel is missing in the texts I'm reading:
What can we say about the existence and/or uniqueness of solutions to Euler-Lagrange ...

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### “Euler system” in Christodoulou's The Action Principle and PDEs

In The Action Principle and PDEs Christodoulou spends some time describing what he calls the Euler system associated to a system of variational PDEs (sections 2.5-7, 6.2). Briefly, given a bundle ...

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### Units of time in the gradient flow equation?

From the energy functional, we can derive the Euler-Lagrange equation and its corresponding gradient flow equation. My question is, what is the physical unit for ``time'' in the gradient flow ...

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### Functionals continuous with respect to weak convergence

It's well known that a functional of the form $u \mapsto \int f(u) dx$ is continuous with respect to weak convergence (say weak* convergence in $L^\infty$) if and only if the function $f$ is affine. ...

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### Stuck on a convergence argument in $H_0^1(\Omega)$.

I'm trying to verify that a functional I have satisfies the Palais Smale condition for appliction of the Mountain Pass lemma.
However I've encountered this step along the way which seems clear to me ...