Classical mechanics of nonconservative systems.

@article{Galley2013ClassicalMO,
  title={Classical mechanics of nonconservative systems.},
  author={C. Galley},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2013},
  volume={110 17},
  pages={
          174301
        }
}
  • C. Galley
  • Published 2013
  • Physics, Medicine, Mathematics
  • Physical review letters
  • Hamilton's principle of stationary action lies at the foundation of theoretical physics and is applied in many other disciplines from pure mathematics to economics. Despite its utility, Hamilton's principle has a subtle pitfall that often goes unnoticed in physics: it is formulated as a boundary value problem in time but is used to derive equations of motion that are solved with initial data. This subtlety can have undesirable effects. I present a formulation of Hamilton's principle that is… CONTINUE READING
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