A Primer on the Calculus of Variations And Optimal Control Theory

A Primer on the Calculus of Variations And Optimal Control Theory

A Primer on the Calculus of Variations And Optimal Control Theory

The material was introduced in a very organized way, building up from simple examples that motivate the ideas of the...

  • ISBN: 9780821887349
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  • Author Gibbons M M
  • Publisher Orient Blackswan Pvt Ltd.
  • Binding Paperback
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The material was introduced in a very organized way, building up from simple examples that motivate the ideas of the calculus of variation and eventually moving into the extension of those ideas into the theory of optimal control. If you know only basic calculus, you know enough to work through the material in this book.

Each chapter comes with a few problems that verify one's understanding. The problems are simple enough that, if you really understand the material, you can work them quickly and determine rapidly whether you got the idea or missed something. Nice diagrams help to visualize what is going on, even for some of the problems.

When the material transitions to the theory of optimal control, it gets slightly confusing, I think because the basic ideas of optimal control are not first layed out separately from the description of how to solve them with the calculus of variations.

The book is a "primer". For a more advanced treatment of the calculus of variations (but not optimal control), consider the excellent but inexpensive "Calculus of Variations" by I. M. Gelfand and S. V. Fomin. 
ISBN 9780821887349
Langauage English
Pages 252
Publisher Orient Blackswan Pvt Ltd.
Binding Paperback

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