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### How to solve calculus of variations problems numerically?

For example, how to solve the well-known isoperimetric problem (i.e., to enclose the largest area with a fixed-length curve)? We can simplify things a bit and fix the two ends of the curve at $[a,0]$,...
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### Weak form of the Navier-Cauchy equation

I am trying to obtain the weak form of the Navier-Cauchy equation, which is $$- \rho \omega ^2 \textbf{U} - \mu \nabla ^2 \textbf{U} - (\mu + \lambda) \nabla (\nabla \cdot \textbf{U}) = \textbf{F}$$ ...
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### General-purpose Numerical Calculus of Variations Problem

Calculus of variations problems are generally cast in in the following simple form: find $u(t)$ that satisfies some boundary conditions and minimises  F[u] = \int_{t=0}^{t=t_f} f(u(t),u'(t),t) dt. \$...
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### Deriving weak form of a set of scalar equations

I have the equilibrium equation in elasticity for a static case.i.e Div T=0. For certain implementation, I have to get the x and y component equations and then derive the weak form separately. How is ...