Sunday, May 19, 2013

1305.3175 (W. Sarlet et al.)

A generalization of Szebehely's inverse problem of dynamics    [PDF]

W. Sarlet, T. Mestdag, G. Prince
The so-called inverse problem of dynamics is about constructing a potential for a given family of curves. We observe that there is a more general way of posing the problem by making use of ideas of another inverse problem, namely the inverse problem of the calculus of variations. We critically review and clarify different aspects of the current state of the art of the problem (mainly restricted to the case of planar curves), and then develop our more general approach.
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