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    Calculus of Variations (Dover Books on Mathematics) (Paperback) By (author) I. M. Gelfand, By (author) S. V. Fomin

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    DescriptionBased 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. The reader who merely wishes to become familiar with the most basic concepts and methods of the calculus of variations need only study the first chapter. Students wishing a more extensive treatment, however, will find the first six chapters comprise a complete university-level course in the subject, including the theory of fields and sufficient conditions for weak and strong extrema. Chapter 7 considers the application of variational methods to the study of systems with infinite degrees of freedom, and Chapter 8 deals with direct methods in the calculus of variations. The problems following each chapter were made specially for this English-language edition, and many of them comment further on corresponding parts of the text. Two appendices and suggestions for supplementary reading round out the text. Substantially revised and corrected by the translator, this inexpensive new edition will be welcomed by advanced undergraduate and graduate students of mathematics and physics.


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    Title
    Calculus of Variations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) I. M. Gelfand, By (author) S. V. Fomin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780486414485
    ISBN 10: 0486414485
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: MAT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.8
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: MA
    Libri: I-MA
    DC22: 515
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26270
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: PBKA
    BISAC V2.8: MAT005000, SCI040000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 515/.64, 515.64
    LC classification: QA315 .G41713 2000, QA315.G417
    Thema V1.0: PBKA
    Publisher
    Dover Publications Inc.
    Imprint name
    Dover Publications Inc.
    Publication date
    28 March 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York