The Principle of Least Action

Author: Alberto Rojo
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521869027
Release Date: 2018-03-31
Genre: Mathematics

This text brings history and the key fields of physics together to present a unique technical discussion of the principles of least action.

The Principle of Least Action

Author: Philip Edward Bertrand Jourdain
Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press
ISBN: 0353578215
Release Date: 2018-11-13
Genre: History

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Lazy Universe

Author: Jennifer Coopersmith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780191060731
Release Date: 2017-05-11
Genre: Science

This is a rare book on a rare topic: it is about 'action' and the Principle of Least Action. A surprisingly well-kept secret, these ideas are at the heart of physical science and engineering. Physics is well known as being concerned with grand conservatory principles (e.g. the conservation of energy) but equally important is the optimization principle (such as getting somewhere in the shortest time or with the least resistance). The book explains: why an optimization principle underlies physics, what action is, what `the Hamiltonian' is, and how new insights into energy, space, and time arise. It assumes some background in the physical sciences, at the level of undergraduate science, but it is not a textbook. The requisite derivations and worked examples are given but may be skim-read if desired. The author draws from Cornelius Lanczos's book "The Variational Principles of Mechanics" (1949 and 1970). Lanczos was a brilliant mathematician and educator, but his book was for a postgraduate audience. The present book is no mere copy with the difficult bits left out - it is original, and a popularization. It aims to explain ideas rather than achieve technical competence, and to show how Least Action leads into the whole of physics.

Variational Principles in Dynamics and Quantum Theory

Author: Wolfgang Yourgrau
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486151137
Release Date: 2012-04-26
Genre: Science

DIVHistorical, theoretical survey with many insights, much hard-to-find material. Hamilton’s principle, Hamilton-Jacobi equation, etc. /div

Hamilton s Principle

Author: Frederic P. Miller
Publisher:
ISBN: 6130627610
Release Date: 2010-09-17
Genre: Science

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. In physics, Hamilton's principle is William Rowan Hamilton's formulation of the principle of stationary action. It states that the dynamics of a physical system is determined by a variational problem for a functional based on a single function, the Lagrangian, which contains all physical information concerning the system and the forces acting on it. The variational problem is equivalent to and allows for the derivation of the differential equations of motion of the physical system. Although formulated originally for classical mechanics, Hamilton's principle also applies to classical fields such as the electromagnetic and gravitational fields, and has even been extended to quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and criticality theories.

The Principle of Least Action

Author: Philip Edward Bertrand Jourdain
Publisher: Franklin Classics
ISBN: 034349051X
Release Date: 2018-10-16
Genre:

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Least Action Principle Applied to a Non linear Damped Pendulum

Author: Katherine Rhodes
Publisher:
ISBN: OCLC:1084284790
Release Date: 2019
Genre: Least action

The principle of least action is a variational principle that states an object will always take the path of least action as compared to any other conceivable path. This principle can be used to derive the equations of motion of many systems, and therefore provides a unifying equation that has been applied in many fields of physics and mathematics. Hamilton’s formulation of the principle of least action typically only accounts for conservative forces, but can be reformulated to include non-conservative forces such as friction. However, it can be shown that with large values of damping, the object will no longer take the path of least action. Through numerical simulation, this is shown to be true for two simple systems, an object in free fall and a harmonic pendulum, both linearly and cubically damped.

The Principle of Least Action Scholar s Choice Edition

Author: Philip Edward Bertrand Jourdain
Publisher: Scholar's Choice
ISBN: 1298038421
Release Date: 2015-02-15
Genre:

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Der Weg zur Wirklichkeit

Author: Roger Penrose
Publisher: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag
ISBN: 3827423414
Release Date: 2010-04-20
Genre: Science

Der Weg zur Wirklichkeit ist eine Kurzübersetzung des Penrose-Klassikers "The Road to Reality", die aus dem Monumentalwerk für Physik- und Mathematikexperten die allgemeinverständlichen Kapitel für interessierte Laien lesbar macht. Wer ein Faible für die Grundfragen der Wissenschaft, einen Blick für Geometrie, einen Sinn für Zahlen und Neugier für kosmologische Theorien hat, findet in diesem klar und kompetent geschriebenen Buch überraschende und provozierende Ideen. Schulmathematik wie die Bruchrechnung oder der berühmte Pythagorassatz lassen sich auf dem Weg zur Wirklichkeit völlig neu entdecken - im Spannungsfeld zwischen platonischer Mathematik, physikalischer Welt und menschlichem Bewusstsein.

Feynman s Thesis

Author: Richard Phillips Feynman
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9789812563668
Release Date: 1942
Genre: Science

Richard Feynman's never previously published doctoral thesis formed the heart of much of his brilliant and profound work in theoretical physics. Entitled ?The Principle of Least Action in Quantum Mechanics," its original motive was to quantize the classical action-at-a-distance electrodynamics. Because that theory adopted an overall space?time viewpoint, the classical Hamiltonian approach used in the conventional formulations of quantum theory could not be used, so Feynman turned to the Lagrangian function and the principle of least action as his points of departure.The result was the path integral approach, which satisfied ? and transcended ? its original motivation, and has enjoyed great success in renormalized quantum field theory, including the derivation of the ubiquitous Feynman diagrams for elementary particles. Path integrals have many other applications, including atomic, molecular, and nuclear scattering, statistical mechanics, quantum liquids and solids, Brownian motion, and noise theory. It also sheds new light on fundamental issues like the interpretation of quantum theory because of its new overall space?time viewpoint.The present volume includes Feynman's Princeton thesis, the related review article ?Space?Time Approach to Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics? [Reviews of Modern Physics 20 (1948), 367?387], Paul Dirac's seminal paper ?The Lagrangian in Quantum Mechanics'' [Physikalische Zeitschrift der Sowjetunion, Band 3, Heft 1 (1933)], and an introduction by Laurie M Brown.

Universe Dynamics

Author: Jacques Vanier
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780429812187
Release Date: 2019-01-15
Genre: Science

Brought together in one focused and exclusive treatment, this book provides an elementary introduction to the important role and use of the least action principle and the resulting Lagrange’s equations in the analysis of the laws that govern the universe. It is an ideal complimentary resource to accompany undergraduate courses and textbooks on classical mechanics. Features: Uses mathematics accessible to beginners Brings together the Principle of Least Action, Lagrange's equations, and variational principles in mechanics in one cohesive text Written in a clear and easy-to-understand manner