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The Lazy Universe: An Introduction to the Principle of Least Action

Jennifer Coopersmith

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198743040
eISBN:
9780191802966
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198743040.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

Action and the Principle of Least Action are explained: what Action is, why the Principle of Least Action works, why it underlies all physics, and what are the insights gained into energy, space, and ... More


Lagrangian Mechanics

Jennifer Coopersmith

in The Lazy Universe: An Introduction to the Principle of Least Action

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198743040
eISBN:
9780191802966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198743040.003.0006
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

It is demonstrated how d’Alembert’s Principle can be used as the basis for a more general mechanics – Lagrangian Mechanics. How this leads to Hamilton’s Principle (the Principle of Least Action) is ... More


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