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MA209 - Variational Principles

  • Module code: MA209
  • Module name: Variational Principles
  • Department: Mathematics Institute
  • Credit: 6

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce the calculus of variations and to see how central it is to the formulation and understanding of physical laws.

Principal learning outcomes

To show you how to set up and solve minimisation problems with and without constraints, to derive Euler-Lagrange equations and to have you appreciate how the laws of mechanics fit into this framework.

Departmental link

http://go.warwick.ac.uk/MA209/

Other essential notes

Prerequisites: MA131B Analysis - Term 2, a module on differential equations and MA225 Differentiation is also helpful.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
6 CATS (Module code: MA209-6)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 2
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 2
Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (G1G3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (G1G3) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (G1G3) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (G300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics (G4G1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Discrete Mathematics (G4G3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc) (GG14) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (Y602) - Year 2