Math 5403 --- Calculus of Variations
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Solutions to Assignment 2
Syllabus for the course
Fri. Sept. 9
Fri. Sept. 30
Fri. Oct. 28
Midterm: Nov. 11
solutions to the problems on the midterm
Here is a
list of topics covered on the midterm
Introduction to the Calculus of Variations
is a nice exposition which, in 27 pages, manages to summarize much of what we will do in this course.
How many geodesics are there between two points on a cone?
There is a good introductory discussion of the spherical pendulum on pages 47 to 55 of
these notes on mechanics by Sebastian Müller at Bristol