# 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 } }

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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