The purpose of the calculus of variations is to find optimal solutions to engineering problems whose optimum may be a certain quantity, shape, or function. Applied Calculus of Variations for Engineers addresses this important mathematical area applicable to many engineering disciplines. Its unique, application-oriented approach sets it apart from the theoretical treatises of most texts, as it is aimed at enhancing the engineer’s understanding of the topic.
This Second Edition text:
Applied Calculus of Variations for Engineers, Second Edition extends the collection of techniques aiding the engineer in the application of the concepts of the calculus of variations.
The Foundations of Calculus of Variations. Constrained Variational Problems. Multivariate Functionals. Higher Order Derivatives. The Inverse Problem of Calculus of Variations. Analytic Solutions of Variational Problems. Numerical Methods of Calculus of Variations. Differential Geometry. Computational Geometry. Variational Equations of Motion. Analytic Mechanics. Computational Mechanics.