Math 648 – Calculus of Variation (Spring 2019)

  1. The Calculus of Variations —by Bruce van Brunt. Publisher: Springer. Depending on individual student’s level, supplementary material is suggested, please ask me for advice.
  2. Professor Jin Feng’s Office: 510 Snow Hall; Phone: 785-864-3764; Office hour: Tuesday 11:00-12:00 am or by appointment; Lecture time: Tuesday and Thursday. 2:30-3:45 pm at 564 Snow Hall.
  3. Exams: TBA.
  4. Homework: Assignments will be announced during the lectures.
  5. Course information: Keywords: Hamilton’s principle, Variational Problems from geometry, Euler-Lagrange equations; Isoperimetric problems; Legendre transformation and Hamilton’s equation, symplectic maps, Hamilton-Jacobi; Noether’s theorem and variational symmetries; the Second Variation.