Classical mechanics of nonconservative systems.

  title={Classical mechanics of nonconservative systems.},
  author={C. Galley},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={110 17},
  • 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… Expand
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