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Master of Science (MS)
Mathematics and Statistics
Ian M. Anderson
The HELMHOLTZ package, written in Maple V, is a collection of commands to support research in the variational calculus. These commands include the standard operators on differential forms, Euler-Lagrange operators, homotopy operators, Lie bracket, Lie derivatives, and the prolongation of a vector field. We give a brief introduction to the variational calculus. We describe each of the commands in the HELMHOLTZ package completely along with numerous examples of each. Applications of the package include verification of symmetry groups for differential equations, solving the inverse problem of the calculus of variations, computing generalized symmetries, and finding variational integrating factors. A complete listing of the Maple code for HELMHOLTZ is found in an appendix.
Hillyard, Cinnamon, "A Maple Package for the Variational Calculus" (1992). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 7124.
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