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EulerEquations

Get the Euler–Lagrange differential equations derived from a given functional

Contributed by: Wolfram Research
 ResourceFunction["EulerEquations"][f,u[x],x] returns the Euler–Lagrange differential equation obeyed by u[x] derived from the functional f, where f depends on the function u[x] and its derivatives, as well as the independent variable x. ResourceFunction["EulerEquations"][f,u[x,y,…],{x,y,…}] returns the Euler–Lagrange differential equation obeyed by u[x,y,…]. ResourceFunction["EulerEquations"][f,{u[x,y,…],v[x,y,…],…},{x,y,…}] returns a list of Euler–Lagrange differential equations obeyed by u[x,y,…],v[x,y,…],….

Examples

Basic Examples (2)

The Euler equations for the arc length in two dimensions yields a straight line:

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A simple pendulum has the Lagrangian :

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The solution to the pendulum equation can be expressed using the function JacobiAmplitude:

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Scope (4)

The Lagrangian of a point particle in two dimensions has two dependent variables and yields Newton's equations:

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The Lagrangian of a point particle in two dimensions with a central potential:

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Second- and higher-order derivatives may be included in the integrand. A Lagrangian for motion on a spring using higher-order terms:

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The integrand has several independent variables:

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The Euler equations yield Laplace's equation:

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Applications (3)

The Euler equations for the integrand f[yxx,yx,y,x]:

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The brachistochrone problem asks for the curve of quickest descent. The time taken for a particle to fall an arc length ds is . If y measures the decrease in height from an initial point of release, then the velocity v satisfies:

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The equation for a curve joining two points, where a particle starting at rest from the higher point takes the least amount of time to reach the lower point:

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It is well known that the solution to the brachistochrone problem is a cycloid:

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The Lagrangian for a vibrating string yields the classical wave equation:

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Requirements

Wolfram Language 11.3 (March 2018) or above

Version History

• 1.0.0 – 22 January 2019