A Practical Guide to the Invariant Calculus
- Author: Elizabeth Louise Mansfield, University of Kent, Canterbury
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This book explains recent results in the theory of moving frames that concern the symbolic manipulation of invariants of Lie group actions. In particular, theorems concerning the calculation of generators of algebras of differential invariants, and the relations they satisfy, are discussed in detail. The author demonstrates how new ideas lead to significant progress in two main applications: the solution of invariant ordinary differential equations and the structure of Euler-Lagrange equations and conservation laws of variational problems. The expository language used here is primarily that of undergraduate calculus rather than differential geometry, making the topic more accessible to a student audience. More sophisticated ideas from differential topology and Lie theory are explained from scratch using illustrative examples and exercises. This book is ideal for graduate students and researchers working in differential equations, symbolic computation, applications of Lie groups and, to a lesser extent, differential geometry.Read more
- Contains original proofs and details two significant applications
- Worked examples, explanations and illustrations provide access to the topic for graduate students
- Provides a helpful introduction to differential topology and Lie theory
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'This book is a very good introduction to Cartan's method of moving frames, using primarily undergraduate calculus. …full of good examples.' Mathematical Reviews
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- Date Published: May 2010
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511718045
- contains: 50 b/w illus. 160 exercises
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Introduction to invariant and equivariant problems
1. Actions galore
2. Calculus on Lie groups
3. From Lie group to Lie algebra
4. Moving frames
5. On syzygies and curvature matrices
6. Invariant ordinary differential equations
7. Variational problems with symmetry
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