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Paper Title:

Introducing the Dorfmanian: A Powerful Tool for the Calculus Of Variations

Author(s):

Olivier de La Grandville

Department of Management Science and Engineering,
Stanford University,
475 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305,
U. S. A.

E-mail: odelagrandville@gmail.com

Abstract:

We show how a modified Hamiltonian proposed by Robert Dorfman [1] to give intuitive sense to the Pontryagin maximum principle can be extended to easily obtain all high-order equations of the calculus of variations. This new concept is particularly efficient to determine the differential equations leading to the extremals of functionals defined by n-uple integrals, while a traditional approach would require -- in some cases repeatedly -- an extension of Green's theorem to n-space.
Our paper is dedicated to the memory of Robert Dorfman (1916 - 2002).

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