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Unformatted text preview: 1 Homework #10 1. Consider the functional with Lagrangian F ( x,u,p ) = p x 2 + u 2 p 1 + p 2 . (a) Find the Hamiltonian and the associated Hamiltonian system. Solution Find that π = ∂F ∂p = p √ x 2 + u 2 √ 1+ p 2 , so that (after simplifying), the Hamiltonian is H ( x,u,π ) = πp F ( x,u,π ) = p x 2 + u 2 π 2 . The Hamiltonian system is du dx = ∂H ∂π = π √ x 2 + u 2 π 2 , dπ dx = ∂H ∂u = u √ x 2 + u 2 π 2 . (b) Show that u 2 π 2 is a conserved quantity. Solution Using the chain rule, d dx ( u 2 π 2 ) = 2 u du dx 2 π dπ dx . From part (a), this derivative is zero, so u 2 π 2 is indeed conserved. (c) Find a solution to the HamiltonJacobi equation with the form S ( x,u ) = 1 2 ( Ax 2 + 2 Bxu + Cu 2 ) . Solution Using S x = Ax + Bu and S u = Bx + Cu , the Hamilton Jacobi equation becomes 0 = S x + H ( x,u,S u ) = Ax + Bu q x 2 + u 2 ( Bx + Cu ) 2 . Solve this to find that A = C and B = √ 1 A 2 . A general solution of the given form is then S ( x,u ) = 1 2 Ax 2 + p 1 A 2 xu Au 2 ....
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