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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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### 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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### Periodic orbits of Hamiltonian systems

Consider a second order Hamiltonian system of the type
$$
\ddot{x}+V'(x)=0, \quad x \in \mathbb{R}^N.
$$
Under very `natural assumptions' it is possible to prove the existence of a non constant ...

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### What braking strategy is most fuel-efficient?

You notice a stop-light ahead of you and it is currently red. You can't run the red light, so you will have to brake, but braking wastes energy and you want to be as fuel efficient as possible. What ...

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### Minimizing a function containing an integral

I am trying to optimize a function of the following form:
$L = \int_{t=0}^{T}(AR-x)dt$, where A is a system parameter
i.e. I am trying to find the optimum x(t) that minimizes L over all admissible ...