On the Application of Variational Methods to Initial Value Problems in Dynamics

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W. Stuiver

Applied Mechanics, IBM Research Laboratory, San Jose, Calif.

J. Appl. Mech 29(2), 242-246 (Jun 01, 1962) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3640536 History: Received April 17, 1961; Online September 16, 2011


The variational formulation of the initial value problem is derived and used for the construction of a procedure for the determination of approximate solutions. For the case of periodic motion of simple oscillators this procedure is shown to reduce to conventional techniques.

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