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### Finding the source for minimizer of a functional for all $C^2$-curve $x(t_0)=x_0$ and $x(t_1)=x_1$

I am trying to find where this problem comes from and its corresponding proof for my students, but I cannot find the source anywhere. If anyone can find the source of this, or has any ideas where I ...

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### Standard Arguments of Calculus of Variations [duplicate]

I am working on calculus of variations in solid mechanics. I did my studies in Civil Eng., so I haven't passed any courses on Math Analysis. I do have problems with main properties of Hilbert and ...

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### Generalizing “variation of parameters”

I'm stuck on generalizing an ODE formula and could use your help!
One way to think about "variation of parameters" is that it bakes the solution $z(t)=e^{At}z_0$ of $z'=Az$ (here ...

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### numerical and functional mixed optimization problem $\max f - \min f +\int_{-1}^1 (f'(x)-x)^2dx$

Given a function $g(x)$ and its domain, we want to get another function $f(x)$ whose derivative is approximately $g(x)$, but so that $f(x)$ itself has small variation. For example, for ...

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### Maximizing the “uniformity” of a probability measure, with constraints, via path length minimization

Background
I want to find a probability measure for a continuous random variable, subject to moment constraints, that is maximally "uniform", as defined below:
Definition: Maximally Uniform ...

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### Complex parameters in the Ritz procedure

I am using the Ritz procedure to write a trial function as the superposition of other admissible functions, with the coefficients being unknown variational parameters to be determined. The variational ...

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### Prove that the maximizing point configuration on the unit circle for a Vandermonde like functional is a picket fence

This is probably too hard for math.stackexchange, so I migrated it here.
For $\lambda_i \in S^1 \subset \mathbb{C}$, consider the functional $H(\{\lambda_1, \ldots, \lambda_n\}):= \sum_{j < k} | ...

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### Projection onto $\ell^{2,1}$ ball

Does anyone have an idea how to project onto the $\ell^{2,1}$ ball efficiently, i.e. how to solve
$$ u = \arg \min_u \|u-f \|^2 \text{such that } \left(\sum_i \big(\sum_j |u_{i,j}|\big)^2 ...

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### How to prove this inequality of heat flow from Weitzenbock formula?

Let $(M,g), (N,h)$be a compact Riemannian manifolds, $m:=\dim M, n:=\dim N\geq 2$,
and $N$ is a non-positive curvature $K_N\leq 0$. All connections which appear below are the Levi-Civita connections. ...

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### Variational Principle for a System of Differential Equations

I am studying a differential operator of the form $$ L\left(\begin{array}{c} u \\ v \end{array}\right) = -\Delta \left(\begin{array}{c} u \\ v \end{array}\right) + V(x)\left(\begin{array}{c} u \\ v ...

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### Find a maximizing solution to an ODE which depends on a paramater function

(For the physical meaning of this problem see http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/122818/how-should-i-throttle-my-rocket-to-reach-highest-altitude).
Given $g \in (0,\infty), k \in C^1( [0, ...

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### Minimizing some $H^{-1}$ functional over (a subset of) probability densities in $R^d$

Let me consider the following subset of probability measures in $R^d$
$$
\mathcal{K}_M=\left\{0\leq u(x)\in L^1(R^d):\quad \int u(x)dx =1,\,\int|x|^2u(x)dx\leq M,\,\int u(x)|\log u(x)|dx\leq M\right\}
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### Coercivity for functional and complete orthonormal system

Consider with $\rho \in W^{1,2}([0,\pi])$ the following functional
$$J(\rho)=\frac{1}{2}\int_{0}^{\pi}{\rho^2\,dx}$$
I know that in the $L^{2}([0,\pi])$ the coercivity condition is satisfied, but i'm ...

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### Existence of Minimizer of $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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### Third variation of area of a minimal surface

There is a formula for the third variation of area on page 96 of Nitsche's book,
Lectures on Minimal Surfaces, vol. 1 (English version). He says at the bottom of the
page it is good for normal ...

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### Who first resolved Hilbert's 20th problem?

Hilbert's 20th problem concerns the existence of solutions to the fundamental problem in the calculus of variations. I understand that Hilbert, Lesbesgue and Tonelli were pioneers in this area.
In ...

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### How can I find the spectrum of this operator?

I've posted this now in on /r/math on math.se to no avail. Maybe this problem is harder than I thought and you folks can help me out.
I'm working on a variational problem in elasticity which ...

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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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### Lieb: Stability of matter, problem with variational method

I am trying to recalculate 'Stability of Matter' Paper from Lieb.
I have a problem at the last step of the proof at page 3, where Lieb calculates the minimizer. I will explain my ideas and my problem ...

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### Implicit function theorem for boundary value problems

I have a nonlinear, two point boundary value problem of the form
$F(x, y(x), y'(x); \Omega ) = y''$ along with some boundary conditions of the form $y_\Omega(0) = a_\Omega, y_{\Omega}(1) = b_\Omega$. ...

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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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### Fréchet derivative of the Total Variation norm

Good day. The question is on proving the following relation ($\|\cdot\|$ here and on denotes $\ell_2$ norm):
$$
\frac{dJ(f)}{df} = -\mathrm{div}\left(\frac{\nabla f}{\|\nabla f\|}\right) \qquad =: DJ,
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### Choquet theory and Hilbert's fourth problem

The following text is an attempt to see Hilbert's fourth problem in a new light.
Definition. A pseudometric $d$ on $\mathbb{R}^n$ is called projective if whenever a point $z$ belongs to a line ...

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### monotone parabolic systems, convex variational structure and Legendre transform

The context:
for my research I am currently looking at parabolic systems of the type
$$
\left\{
\begin{array}{ll}
\partial_t b(u)-\Delta u=0 \qquad & (t,x)\in \mathbb{R}^+\times\Omega\\
u=0 & ...

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### variational problem related to an integral

Recently I came up with a type of variational problem in stochastic process.
It can be stated in the following way:
Given $a$ and $b$ positive, and an increasing function $f$ on $(0,1)$ (may be not ...

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### Variational problem for optimal weight function leading to shorter intervals with many primes

The motivation for the following problem stems from the recent preprint by James Maynard, see also Proposition 5 of the recent blogpost by Terrence Tao. The solution of this problem could give better ...

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### Failure of Palais-Smale Condition C and the Mini-Max Principle

To get a thorough analysis of the critical point structure of a smooth function $f:M\to\mathbb{R}$ on a smooth Hilbert manifold $M$, a compactness assumption gets us far. That assumption is Condition ...

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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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### Symmetry Properties of Minimizers - Calculus of Variations

What methods are there to show symmetry properties of the minimizer of a problem $\inf_{u\in X}\mathcal{F}(u)$ in the calculus of variations? In general, the symmetry properties of $\mathcal{F}$ do ...

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### Largest convex hull of a unit length path

What is the largest area possible for the convex hull of a path of unit length lying on a plane? For what paths is that largest area attained?

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### Is vesica piscis a maximal length curve constrained to two points?

Let $r(t), t\in [0,1]$ be a continuous piecewise $C^1$ curve on the plane where $r(0)=(0,0)$ and $r(1)=(1,0)$. The distance $|r(t)|$ is a non-decreasing function and the distance $|r(t)-(1,0)|$ is a ...

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### Upper bound on the maxima of ratio of expectation of quantities under Gaussian measure

Let $\lambda,\eta >0$ be given, and $u:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a real valued function. Define
$$\Delta(u)= \frac{\int u(h) \exp(-\eta ...

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### Equal maximum and minimum in a large-scale linear programming

For a linear optimization of an integral (with integral constraints), I perform a linear programming for the equivalent series. Maximum and minimum of the LP problem tend to be equal as I increase the ...

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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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### Deriving Helfrich's shape equation for closed membranes

I have a bunch of papers that claim that, from the equation for shape energy:
$$ F = \frac{1}{2}k_c \int (c_1+c_2-c_0)^2 dA + \Delta p \int dV + \lambda \int dA$$
one can use "methods of variational ...

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### The Isoperimetric problem for domains constrained to lie between two parallel planes

It is well known that for a given volume $V$, a sphere is the shape that minimizes the surface area. I am interested in the same problem under the constraint that the shape must lie between the planes ...

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### Good book on Calculus of Variations

What is a good book on the Calculus of Variations, for a second year PhD student?

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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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### coordinate free Euler-Lagrange

The variational approach is to seek critical points in terms
the Euler-Lagrange variational derivatives
$E_a(S_0)$ of a local function $S_0.$ The zero locus does not depend
on coordinates. Where is ...

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### variational characterization of the average of an $L^p$ function

Let $\Omega$ be a measurable set having finite Lebesgue measure. Let $p\geq 1$ and $u\in
L^p(\Omega)$. Is it true that the minimum value of the real function
$$
c\in
\mathbb{R}^n\mapsto\int_\Omega ...

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### Invariance of the l.h.s. of Euler-Lagrange equation

Let $M^n$ be a smooth manifold equipped with a nondegenerate Lagrangian $L:TM\to\mathbb R$, $L=L(x,y)$, $x\in M$, $y\in T_xM$. The stationary points of the corresponding integral functional on curves ...

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### Is still it weakly continuous ？

If $\{u_n\}$ is bounded in $H$（real Hilbert space）with inner product such that $(\cdot,\cdot)$, then ${\|u_n\|^2u_n}$ is bounded also. Passing a subsequence, one has that $\{\|u_n\|^2u_n\}$ converges ...

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### Approximating solutions to minima of the discrete Lagrangian

I have been stuck on this problem for a week and I'm not sure whether or not it is hard or I'm just missing something obvious.
General gist of the problem
I have a variational problem on a ...

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### Are all null curves of a Lorentzian metric extrema?

Suppose $g$ is a Lorentzian metric on $\mathbb{R}^4$, then consider the variational problem of finding extrema of
$$F(\gamma) = \int_a^b \| \dot{\gamma}(s) \|_g ds$$
The so-called "null curves" are ...

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### Extremals of functionals

Find the extremals of the functional
$$J(x(t)) = \int\limits_{0}^{2}\frac{[x'(t)]^2}{x^3(t)}dt$$
subject to $x(0) =1$ and $x(2) = 4$. Does the two point boundary problem has a unique solution?
Find ...

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### Class of integrable 0/1-functions “with no null sets.”

I am looking for (the name of) a class of functions from $\mathbf{R}^2$ $(\mathbf{R}^n)$ to {0, 1} that are integrable.
Let $f$ be in this class and $E$ be the set of all points where $f$ is equal to ...

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### Symmetric matrices and Hilbert's fourth problem

From the analytic viewpoint, the Busemann-Pogorelov solution of Hilbert's fourth problem is summarized in the following result:
Theorem. All straight lines are extremals of the variational problem
$$
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### Formulating the calculus of varations with exterior calculus

I noticed that a calculus of variations problem is just an integral over a differential form. Therefore, I would think it would be possible to formulate the Euler-Lagrange equations using exterior ...

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### Reversibility vs geodesic reversibility for Finsler metrics on the two-sphere

Problem. To give a concrete example of a geodesically reversible Finsler metric on the two-sphere that is not just the sum of a reversible Finsler metric and an exact $1$-form.
Some background may be ...