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Calculus of Variations (Summer Semester 2013)

  • Lecturer: Dr. Simon Blatt
  • Classes: Lecture (0156210)
  • Weekly hours: 4
  • Audience: Mathematics, Physics (from 6. semester)

In the calculus of variations one tries to find the path, curve, surface, etc. which minimizes a functional like the length, surface area, or the lagrangian function of a physical system.

This course is aimed at students of mathematics and phyiscs in the third year.

Prerequisites: Multivariable calculus and a basic knowledge of funtional analysis.

Lecture: Tuesday 8:00-9:30 AOC 201
Wednesday 9:45-11:15 Neuer Hörsaal
Lecturer Dr. Simon Blatt
Office hours: Nach Vereinbarung
Room 3A.04 Allianz-Gebäude (05.20)
Email: simon.blatt@kit.edu



  1. Struwe, Michael . Variational methods. Applications to nonlinear partial differential equations and Hamiltonian systems. Fourth edition. A Series of Modern Surveys in Mathematics], 34. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2008.
  2. Giaquinta, Mariano und Hildebrandt, Stefan. Calculus of variations. I Springer-Verlag, 1996, 310, xxx+474
  3. Dacorogna, Bernard Introduction to the calculus of variations Imperial College Press, 2009, xiv+285